Planter’s House’s Right on Thyme
2 to 4 fresh thyme sprigs, divided
2 oz. 100-proof or higher rye or bourbon
½ oz. simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
2 to 3 dashes Angostura bitters
2 lemon twists
• Briefly hold 1 or 2 thyme sprigs over a flame until they start to smoke, then place in an ice-filled mixing pitcher. Add the rye, simple syrup and bitters. Express the lemon twist into the pitcher, then toss it in. Stir until diluted and chilled, about 30 seconds, then strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.
• Express the other lemon twist over the drink and, just before serving, burn the remaining thyme sprigs to use as garnish.