My recent foray into reviewing weird gins made me realize that I had (gasp!) only one partially-emptied bottle of Tanqueray Malacca. I quickly remedied the situation, which also gave me an excuse to splash that open bottle around. One astonishingly simple combination caught my notice - I'm amazed that I didn't stumble upon it already. Yet it's so damned tasty that I feel it's earned a spot as my second House Old-Fashioned.
2 oz Tanqueray Malacca
1/4 oz thyme syrup
4 dashes Angostura bitters (try other aromatic bitters at your discretion)
Build in an old-fashioned glass over a large ice cube. Garnish?!? Hah! Try a lemon peel if you must.
Thyme syrup, man. I think we have a trend here. I might try this with a bit of dry vermouth once the weather warms.