Whether you’re hosting a party or just trying to earn points with your happy hour comrades, enjoy the unique, crisp flavor of this thyme and key lime cocktail. It’s easy to make and the simple syrup can be made in advance!

When you prepare the simple syrup, make sure to add the fresh thyme and lime zest to the mixture after bringing it to a boil and removing it from the heat. The thyme is a lot more pungent than the lime flavoring. To make adjustments, simply add more or less of either ingredient to your liking.

St. Germaine liqueur is made from elderflower, which is a small, white starry flower that blooms through the spring and summer. It has a bright and beautiful fragrant flavor. It’s uses vary from foods and drinks in Europe and it’s rapidly gaining popularity in America.

We recommend a higher quality of gin for this recipe because St. Germain, which is also a main ingredient, is a top-shelf liquor. You won’t regret it! Garnish this beverage with a sprig of fresh thyme and a lime wedge.

A glass with a refreshing thyme and key lime cocktail.

Thyme and Key Lime Cocktail Recipe

Mix up your happy hour routine with this thyme and key lime cocktail! A splash of St. Germain is a satisfying departure from a traditional gin beverage.


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thyme and lime simple syrup

cocktail assembly


  • To make simple syrup, boil water and sugar until dissolved then remove from heat and let thyme and lime steep for about 10–15 minutes. Strain liquid into bowl and set aside.
  • Combine gin, St. Germaine, simple syrup and lime juice in a cocktail shaker then give it a good jiggle.
  • Strain ingredients from the cocktail shaker into a glass then add a splash of club soda. Garnish with 1–2 sprigs of thyme and a wedge of lime. Cheers!


Be sure to set a timer while steeping the thyme and key lime because steeping too long leads to an acrid taste!
Calories: 294kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 0.1g, Fat: 0.03g, Saturated Fat: 0.01g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.003g, Sodium: 15mg, Potassium: 16mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 21g
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Thyme and key lime cocktail recipe