The Only Limoncello Martini Recipe You Need to Know

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PREP TIME 5 min

Cocktail Type

Martini

Great for

Dinner Party

Difficulty

Easy

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-flavored vodka cocktail is one to try if you like strong citrusy flavors and dream of sun-drenched vacations in La Bella Italia!

 

QUICK TIPS

01

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

02

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

03

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

INGREDIENTS

MAKE FOR

1 Person

1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

limoncello
1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

Skyy vodka
1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

simple syrup
0.5
lemon, juiced
to garnish, a piece of lemon zest
ice

INSTRUCTIONS

01

Fill a cocktail shaker or mason jar with ice

02

Add all your ingredients and shake well until very chilled

03

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.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Wondering what other cocktails you can make with Limoncello? The simple answer is you can pimp pretty much any cocktail that calls for lemon juice or syrup with a kick of Limoncello. Spritzes and fizzes are other great options to showcase delicious Limoncello. For a spritz much like the classic Aperol Spritz, combine equal parts of Limoncello and prosecco to a glass before topping up with soda water for extra bubbles. For something fizzy, try the Limoncello Lady cocktail with lemonade, sparkling wine and Limoncello. There are plenty of other great Italian Cocktails that include Limoncello such as the Italian Sunrise, Limoncello Mojito or a divine Amalfi Martini.

You can drink Limoncello neat as a zesty shot or on the rocks over ice if you prefer to dilute it a little. Limoncello makes a fabulous spritz with soda water and a dash of bubbly, or try other types of Martinis like the Lemon Drop.

Traditionally, the sweet Italian lemons from native Femminello St Teresa lemon trees on the Southern Amalfi coastline are favored for making Limoncello.