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Lemon Thyme Schnapps

Lemon thyme schnapps - based on fresh lemon thyme leaves and flower buds - has a fine yellow colour, and a wonderful, characteristic taste and flavour. It's a schnapps with great softness and roundness.

Serve with fish, chicken, lamb, soup and vegetables.

Or add it to any barbecue sauce, salad dressing, herb butter, dip or dish, where you would normally use lemon thyme.

You can also turn your schnapps into a liqueur.

Lemon thyme schnapps blends very well with...


Use fresh lemon thyme flower buds and leaves.

Pick the fully developed flower buds and top shoots in the morning after the dew has disappeared.

That's when they have the highest content of essential oils.

Flowering Lemon Thyme plant.


  • Rinse the flower buds and leaves carefully - but only if necessary.

  • If wet - leave them to dry for a short period in the shadow on paper towel.

  • Put 1 deciliter leaves and flowers in a clean glass jar with tight-fitting lid.

  • Add 70 centiliter clear, unflavoured vodka - 40% alcohol content (80 proof).

  • Let steep for 1-3 days in a dark place at room temperature,
    18-20°C (64-68°F).

  • Shake lightly and taste it from time to time.

  • Strain and filter your infusion into a clean glass bottle or jar with tight-fitting lid.

You can serve your lemon thyme schnapps after it has settled for a couple of days.

But some storage (aging) will make it even better. Taste it from time to time to find out. Remember to store in a dark place at room temperature.

Note: You get different lemon thyme schnappses if you steep only the flower buds - or only the leaves - or one or more sprigs - or any combination you can think of. Try to experiment.

Note: If for some reason you are not satisfied with your infusion, there are ways to adjust both taste and flavours - click here to see how.

Serve your lemon thyme schnapps at room temperature in suitable glasses. And remember to keep your schnapps bottle tightly closed and in a dark place before and between servings.