Thyme Infused Limoncello - homemade lemon liqueur with thyme or other herb (rosemary, basil, etc.)

Herb Infused Limoncello – Crazy Ingredient Challenge

It is time for another Crazy Ingredient Challenge, when our intrepid bloggers choose two ingredients not normally paired together and try to make a dish with them. This month we chose thyme and lemons as our two ingredients. Not exactly a strange combination.

These two ingredients pair together nicely in so many different ways. But, our moderators challenged us to do something a little different with them. Be sure to scroll below the recipe to see what the other bloggers made. As for me, I made Homemade Thyme Infused Limoncello.

Thyme Infused Limoncello - homemade lemon liqueur with thyme or other herb (rosemary, basil, etc.)

If thyme isn’t your herb of choice you could try rosemary or basil (two of my favorites paired with lemon) or something else you’d prefer.

Homemade liqueurs are ridiculously easy to make, the hardest part is waiting a few weeks for the flavors to develop. All I do to make mine is to add vodka and a simple sugar to the “flavoring” (lemon, cranberries, apricots, coffee, etc.) and let it sit for weeks for the flavors to blend.

You can serve this chilled for an after dinner digestivo as is done in Italy, or use it to mix cocktails. I like it on a hot day mixed with seltzer water.


Thyme Infused Limoncello

Prep time10 minutes
Cook time5 minutes
Total time15 minutes
Meal type Beverage
Preparation time does not include 3-4 weeks of steeping time for flavors to develop.


  • 2 Large lemons
  • bunch fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, basil, marjoram, etc.)
  • 1 1/2 cup vodka
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water


Thyme Infused Limoncello - homemade lemon liqueur with thyme or other herb (rosemary, basil, etc.)


Remove zest from lemons (yellow part only, no white). Use lemons in another recipe.
Put lemon zest, fresh herbs and vodka in a sterilized quart sized mason jar or other glass container.
In a saucepan over medium heat, dissolve sugar in the water to make a simple syrup. Pour into jar and close lid.
Let sit in a cool dark place 3-4 weeks. Strain peels and herbs before serving.

Until next time, happy eating.

23 thoughts on “Herb Infused Limoncello – Crazy Ingredient Challenge”

  1. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at the #RecipeSharingParty! I hope to see you next week. Pinned and Yummed. Please visit #OverTheMoon on Sunday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings for more sharing fun! Don’t forget to Comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and get a chance to be featured!

  2. So fun! My husband and I feel in love with Limoncello in Italy. Wow, do I love your recipe and the idea of throwing some of my fresh herbs in there. Can’t wait to try this!!

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