Recipe Redo: Gordon Ramsay’s Cookies Become…a Cocktail?

01/23/2014 at 03:36 PM ET

Alie & Georgia Gordon Ramsay Lemon Thyme Cocktail
Courtesy Alie & Georgia

Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, a.k.a. Alie & Georgia, host Cooking Channel food-travel series Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia. Visit every Thursday for their playful spins on celebrity recipes, cocktails, entertaining ideas—and, of course, lots of laughs!

We all love Gordon Ramsay despite, or possibly because of, his bombastic British anger. The way his nostrils flare when he’s screaming into the face of a cowering, aspiring MasterChef. The brief but tantalizing glance we “accidentally” get of his rippling abs when he changes into his chef coat to take charge in the kitchen. Hell, it’s enough to make us need a strong drink.

And if we’re gonna have a strong drink, why not use it to pay homage to Sir Ramsay? (No, he hasn’t actually been knighted. But doesn’t it sound right to call him Sir?)

His Lemon Thyme Shortbread sounded great, so we turned the same flavors into boozy bliss using a nice London gin. Sip this cocktail, and toast to all ruggedly handsome men who are great in the kitchen.

Lemon Thyme Cookie Cocktail
Makes 1

2 oz. gin
¾ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. thyme sugar simple syrup (recipe below)

In a shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients and shake thoroughly. Pour into a coupe glass and garnish with a small thyme sprig, if desired.

Lemon Thyme Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
6-8 stems fresh thyme

In a small saucepan over low heat, combine all ingredients. Simmer until sugar is dissolved and remove from heat. Let cool for at least an hour, then strain and discard stems. Excess simple syrup can be stored in an airtight container.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Marcin on

I would like to recommend my liqueur of lemon..

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