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Lemon Thyme Amaretto – Limoncello, Amaretto, and Thyme

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.

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Cream Liqueurs

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.

  • 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!

One of my favorite liquors is amaretto.  I use it in my Cherry Amaretto Limeade and my Sparkling Amaretto Sour cocktail.  Know what else goes with amaretto?  Lemon!!!

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.
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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!

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Lemon Thyme Amaretto – Limoncello, Amaretto, and Thyme

This bright and floral Lemon Thyme Amaretto cocktail is perfect for any season!  Bright limoncello mixed with the caramel notes of amaretto and floral thyme.
4.60 from 10 votes
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Course: Drinks and Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 390kcal
Author: Jennifer


  • 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.
  • Enjoy!


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Serving: 1g | Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 16mg | Sugar: 31g

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Recipe Rating


Friday 2nd of June 2023

Really yummy and good mix. How do you stop it curdling I wonder! Just doesn’t look good in the glass! May try and add sugar


Tuesday 19th of January 2021

Sounds delicious minus the part where it says ‘fill ice with glass’. Maybe had one too many? ;)


Wednesday 22nd of August 2018

Mmm, this sounds refreshing! This is definitely a new cream liquor to me. Thanks for this recipe.


Wednesday 22nd of August 2018

Mmm, this sounds refreshing! This is definitely a new cream liquor to me. Thanks for this recipe.