Limoncello Martini Recipe

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Dinner Party



Limoncello martini in cocktail glasses with a lemon twist

Who doesn’t love a little Limoncello? This zingy Limoncello Martini recipe is an impressive after-dinner digestif that always brings the wow factor. Super stylish yet deliciously simple to make with only four ingredients, this lemon-flavoured vodka cocktail is one to try if you like strong citrusy flavours and dream of sun-drenched vacations in La Bella Italia!



Making a simple syrup is super simple to make, equal quantities of water and sugar heated in a pan


This drink is an ideal sip at the end of your next dinner party.


For the best sweet tangy flavour, use freshly squeezed lemon juice.



1 Person

30 Ml

1 Oz

1 Parts

30 Ml

1 Oz

1 Parts

30 Ml

1 Oz

1 Parts

Sugar syrup
Lemon, juiced
A piece of lemon zest, to garnish



Fill a cocktail shaker or mason jar with ice


Add all your ingredients and shake well until very chilled


Strain into a martini or cocktail glass, garnish with a piece of lemon zest and enjoy!

What is Limoncello?

Limoncello is a quintessential Italian liqueur that’s synonymous with the sea breeze of the Amalfi coast and warm nights watching the sun go down on the Sorrentine Peninsula. Renowned as the second most popular liqueur in Italy (after Campari), this iconic yellow syrupy liqueur is sweet, tangy, and full of zest. Limoncello has been traditionally made across Italy for hundreds of years old by steeping Sorrento lemon peels and zest in vodka until the natural oils infuse. Simple syrup is then mixed in to give an intensely sweet burst of lemon and sunshine.

Our go-to Limoncello Martini recipe

Now that you know about Limoncello, it’s time to fall in love with a Limoncello Martini. Made with equal parts Limoncello, simple syrup, and vodka and finished with a good squeeze of fresh lemon for extra zing, it couldn’t be easier to whip up a batch of these lemony Italian cocktails.

For the best taste, choose a good quality vodka such as Skyy Vodka – it’s been quadruple-distilled for the smoothest mouthfeel. Always opt for freshly squeezed lemon juice too. Now, get ready to shake up something special while you dream of alfresco dinners at sunset.

What is the perfect occasion to serve a Limoncello cocktail?

This sweet and zesty cocktail is so versatile; it’s light and lemony, making it the ideal drink to serve at the end of your next dinner party. Martini lovers can also serve this sophisticated little drink at parties, weddings, and any celebration that calls for easy-to-make cocktails that can please a crowd.


Limoncello is a liqueur made with lemon peels steeped in alcohol, water and sugar. There are versions of Limoncello that are made using milk or cream not water. Try both and see which one is your favourite.

Italians believe living life la dolca vita, the good life. Limoncello is sipped as an aperitif before sitting down to eat or sometimes after a heavier meal the lemony liqueur makes a good digestif. Either way, it’s served chilled, not normally over ice in a shot glass.

Limoncello or any alcohol once made can be potent and does mellow over time, so yes, a Limoncello will get smoother with age, which improves sipping this tangy shot.

We’d suggest drinking your Limoncello within a couple of years after opening it. It does contain sugar and alcohol, which are preservatives but over time your tangy lemon will fade with evaporation.

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