Last updated on February 6th, 2020 at 01:45 pm
This bright and floral Lemon Thyme Amaretto cocktail is perfect for any season! Bright limoncello mixed with the caramel notes of amaretto and floral fresh thyme.
Let’s talk about a specific liqueur that I am currently crushing on. Cream liqueurs. And not just the usual suspects like Bailey’s Irish Cream and Kahlua Coffee Liqueur, but Limoncello cream liqueur.
In the past I have tried these cream liqueurs:
- Tequila Rose, a strawberry cream tequila liqueur
- Patron XO, a tequila coffee liqueur
- Frangelico, a hazelnut liqueur
- RumChata, a rum cream liqueur
- Fennelly’s Irish Cream, a whiskey cream liqueur
- Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream, just as it says
- Fabrizia Limoncello Cream Liqueur – in this awesome cocktail!
I need to try the Kerrygold one because I love their butter so much!
The best thing about cream liqueurs is that they make the best adult milkshakes! And they add a touch of richness to any cocktail that they are in. I make a mean White Russian Shot with the Patron XO coffee liqueur that you must try!
This recipe contains Fabrizia Limoncello Cream Liqueur, which was provided to me by Fabrizia Spirits. The recipe and all opinions expressed here are my own.
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How do you use cream liqueurs?
The best use of cream liqueurs comes in dessert cocktails. Not only do they make the best alcoholic milkshakes but they create a decadent and luxurious dessert in the form of a cocktail. Most people like to finish their meal with dessert and coffee, others with a cheese plate and a sweet wine like Port.
I prefer a cocktail, or nightcap, to end my meal experience and evening so a cocktail made with a cream liqueur is always welcome.
Some of the most popular cream liqueur cocktails include:
- Irish Coffee – coffee and Irish whiskey cream liqueur
- White Russian – Kahlua and vodka
- Mudslide – vodka and coffee liqueur with Irish whiskey
- Brandy Alexander – Creme de Cacao (chocolate liqueur) and brandy
- and at the holidays, Eggnog.
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Creamy Cocktails without Bailey’s Irish Cream
Once I have had a taste Fabrizia’s Limoncello Cream Liqueur, I have been dreaming of making more cocktails with it. But because I am not a coffee drinker, I had to start thinking outside the box. Or the liquor cabinet!
The lemon in this Lemon Thyme Amaretto is bright but not super tart, and the amaretto is buttery with caramel notes too. But to make it special I bring in a floral component. Thyme. Fresh thyme to be exact!
FAQ about Lemon Thyme Amaretto:
- Q: Does cream liqueur go bad?
A: Yes it can! It has dairy in it so make sure that you smell it before you drink it.
- Q: Does cream liqueur need to be refrigerated?
A: Once you open it you need to keep it refrigerated. But only for 6 months!
- Q: What is cream liqueur made from?
A: It is a mixture of dairy cream and a flavored liquor. In this case, it is limoncello and cream.
- Q: Can I use dried thyme?
A: You can but you won’t get as much flavor from it. If you need to use dried thyme, let it sit in the liqueurs longer.
The best way to get the floral notes to really come through is to use fresh thyme. You can strip the leaves off the sprigs or you can leave them on. I like to throw the sprigs with the leaves attached to the cocktail shaker with the amaretto and limoncello cream liqueur and give it a few shakes.
The agitation releases the oils from the thyme leaves. You can also rub the leaves to release the oils too. If you want to make the mixture a little bit ahead of time, mix the liquors and the thyme sprigs and let sit. The thyme will infuse into the liquors the longer it sits and make it even more floral.
All of these three together make an amazing light, yet luxurious cocktail that is perfect for the end of the meal or the start of one.
Please enjoy responsibly!
Other great cream liqueur recipes like this Lemon Thyme Amaretto to try!
- The Blizzard – Irish Cream Liqueur
- S’mores Martini – Irish Cream Liqueur
- Pumpkin Pie Martini – Pumpkin Liqueur
- Derby Girl Shot – Bailey’s Vanilla Cinnamon Irish Cream Liqueur
- Key Lime Pie Martini – Key Lime Pie Cream Liqueur
- Biscoff Boozy Milkshake – Bourbon Cream Liqueur
- Coffee Tequila Cream Cocktail – Patron XO Tequila Cream Liqueur
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Easy Lemon Thyme Amaretto Cocktail Recipe
- 1 oz limoncello cream liqueur
- 0.5 oz amaretto
- 1.5 sparkling water or club soda
- 2 tsp fresh thyme
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the limoncello cream liqueur, amaretto, and fresh thyme.
- Shake for 1 minute to infuse the thyme into the liqueurs.
- Fill ice with glass.
- Pour limoncello and amaretto mixture over the ice.
- Add sparkling water (I use lemon sparkling water for this one)
- Garnish with a thyme sprig.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 390Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 0gSugar: 31gProtein: 1g
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