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Limoncello and thyme collins

Limoncello and thyme collins

Published: July 22, 2016 at 10:58 am
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + infusing
  • A little effort
  • Serves 1

Making your own limoncello is surprisingly easy. Take it, as a gift, to a BBQ, use it in ice lollies, or knock-up this easy twist on a collins


Mix up a limoncello and thyme collins, then check out our classic limoncello, limoncello spritz, The Lively Australian and more citrus cocktail recipes.

Make your own homemade limoncello using our step-by-step recipe.



  • 10 lemons
  • 700ml vodka
  • a few sprigs (optional) thyme
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 35ml gin
  • soda
  • a sprig thyme
  • a thin slice lemon


  • STEP 1

    To make the limoncello, peel the lemons removing as much white pith as possible, then put the peel into the vodka with the thyme (if using) and put in a dark place for two weeks, shaking the bottle daily.

  • STEP 2

    Put the sugar in a pan with 300ml water and heat until the sugar dissolves and you’re left with a syrup.

  • STEP 3

    Strain the vodka to remove the lemon peel and thyme and then pour into a sterilised bottle with the sugar syrup. Leave to infuse for a few hours or overnight.

  • STEP 4

    When you’re ready to make the cocktail, put the limoncello (25ml) and gin into a glass, fill with ice, then top with soda and garnish with a sprig of thyme and a lemon slice.


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