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Homemade Liqueurs with Herbs: Provençal Thyme Liqueur

By Leah A. Zeldes
August/September 2003
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Makes about 1 quart
Homemade liqueurs can also be made with sage or fennel leaf. A Danish recipe uses fresh lemon thyme.

  • 2/3 cup dried thyme
  • 1 liter vodka
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/8 cup water
  • 1 branch fresh thyme (optional)
  1. Combine thyme and vodka in a clean glass jar or bottle. Cover and let stand in a cool, dark place for 6 weeks, giving the mixture a shake every few days.
  2. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Boil until sugar has completely dissolved. Let cool.
  3. Strain vodka mixture through a coffee filter into a clean jar or bottle with an airtight lid. Sweeten to taste with the sugar syrup. Add fresh thyme as a garnish in the bottle or jar, if desired. Cover and age at least 2 weeks. Store in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year.


Leah A. Zeldes is food editor of Chicago’s Lerner Newspapers.

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