Limoncello and gin is a match made in heaven in this Limoncello-Gin Cocktail with Grilled Thyme!
I’d like to take a moment and compliment myself on my most awesome idea to review a cocktail a week on this blog. Without this kind of self-imposed motivation, I would have probably been drinking my favorite gin and tonic day-in-and-day-out. I would have no idea of the wonderful other cocktails out there waiting for me!
I found this recipe by simply doing a search on cocktails and thyme. My thyme is doing so well in my herb garden this year. From years past, I have learned that to keep thyme looking good, you either have to prune it or use it regularly – do not let it get too leggy and woody. So I needed to use up some thyme.
I found this gem, Limoncello-Gin Cocktail with Grilled Thyme at Fine Cooking. I had just finished aging a batch of homemade Limoncello – from Sidewalk Shoes and this sounded perfect.
It was! It was so light and refreshing. The limoncello and gin paired perfectly of course and the thyme added a subtle savoriness to it. My only complaint was that it made just two drinks. I’m thinking next time that a pitcher is in order!
- 4 large sprigs fresh thyme; more for garnish
- 1 fl. oz. (2 Tbs.) fresh lime juice
- 3 fl. oz. (6 Tbs.) gin
- 1 fl. oz. (2 Tbs.) limoncello
- Prepare a gas or charcoal grill fire for direct cooking over medium-high (500°F) heat. Grill the thyme sprigs until fragrant and lightly charred, about 15 seconds. In a mixing glass or cocktail shaker, gently muddle the grilled thyme with the lime juice. Add the gin and limoncello and fill the shaker with ice. Stir well. Strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with fresh ice, garnish with thyme, and serve.
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