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13 Best Limoncello Cocktails

If you love bright, citrusy cocktails, then you’ll be head over heels in love with these limoncello cocktails.

Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur that is best described as sweet and intense. And while it’s great on its own, it’s even better in a cocktail.

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In Italy, it’s common to make limoncello at home. But you can also buy it from the store if you prefer.

Either way, it tastes spectacular in a Tom Collins and utter perfection in a lemon drop martini.

You’ll find a recipe for the latter at the bottom of the post!

Really, there’s nothing it can’t do. So let’s dive into these sensational limoncello cocktail recipes. 

1. Limoncello Lemon Drop

A lemon drop is a dazzlingly sweet and tart vodka-based cocktail that’s made even better with a splash of limoncello. 

This lemon liqueur enhances the citrus to create an explosion of flavor.

Pair that with a sugar-rimmed martini glass, and you’ll have one sophisticated beverage.

A platter of these would make a fine toast on New Year’s Eve. But you won’t need to wait because any time is a good time for a luscious lemon drop.

2. Bourbon Limoncello Cocktail

The smoothness of bourbon and the brightness of limoncello is a match made in heaven!

This is an incredible evening cocktail to top off a long day. It has a burst of freshness with a sour kick that is reminiscent of a whiskey sour.

For this recipe, you’ll want to use fresh lemon juice and peach preserves. As for the bitters, Scrappy’s is recommended for this one. 

Don’t forget the fresh mint for the finishing touch!

3. Sparkling Limoncello Cocktail

Toast like Italians with this sensational sparkling cocktail. It only requires three ingredients and a couple of minutes of your time. 

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The lemon soda and prosecco add a delightfully fizzy body. Meanwhile, the limoncello adds a punch of flavor. 

I highly recommend sticking with prosecco to make this a true ode to Italy. This Italian sparkling wine has a wonderful balance between dry and fruity.

4. Limoncello Gin Collins

Calling all gin cocktail lovers, this one’s for you!

Limoncello gives this classic gin cocktail a phenomenal upgrade.

All the fruity and floral botanicals of gin meld with the lemon liqueur for a bright, refreshing drink.

You’ll want a tall Tom Collins glass and a long bar spoon for this beverage. I also recommend not skipping the mint simple syrup.

Sure, you’ll have to make it yourself, but there’s really nothing to it.

5. Raspberry Limoncello Cocktail

This vibrant sipper is a great choice for a warm, sunny day. It’s light in body and full of fruity flavor. 

Fresh raspberry juice adds a lush quality that enhances the sweet and tart taste of this drink. You can serve it as a martini or a tall fizzy drink. 

I tend to go for the latter on a super hot day. The addition of club soda makes it a thirst-quenching treat. 

Either way, use quality limoncello, and you can’t go wrong. 

6. Amalfi Martini

While the name may sound fancy, this martini couldn’t be easier to make.

Fill a cocktail shaker with gin, limoncello, lemon juice, and shake.

The reason for the name is all about the lemon. Amalfi is a lemon variety that comes straight from the Amalfi coast of Italy. 

These lemons are so prized for their flavor that they’re traditionally used to make limoncello.

However, they may be hard to find, so you can opt for your favorite varietal instead.

7. Limoncello Champagne Cocktail

This is one of my favorite bubbly beverages to cheer for, well, anything!

The spicy snap of ginger liqueur and divine tartness of limoncello give champagne a whirl of flavor.

This recipe calls for Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, but any brand will do.

I love how the carbonation tickles my tastebuds. And I love even more how simple this recipe is to make. 

Pass out these champagne glasses to your guests, and they’ll never know how easy these were to mix up.

8. Limoncello Mojito

Who said you couldn’t doctor up this Cuban drink with an Italian twist?

Limoncello is a phenomenal addition that makes this cocktail even more refreshing. 

This recipe muddles the mint with lemon and sugar first. Then it all gets shaken with white rum and limoncello.

I love sipping on one of these on a sunny spring day. It’s the quintessential refreshment after a long, cold winter.

9. Limoncello Moscow Mules

Moscow mules are one of my favorite cocktails, so you can imagine my excitement about this recipe!

This cocktail swaps out the lime for fresh lemon and a splash of limoncello. Add that to some vodka and ginger beer, and you have one fine beverage. 

I like to serve these the traditional way in copper mugs, so they keep extra cold. But they also look incredible in clear glass with a few slices of lemon. 

10. Limoncello Lady

This fun cocktail brings a bit of cheer to any occasion. It’s light and refreshing, making it a foolproof crowd-pleaser. 

All you need are three ingredients which are prosecco, lemonade, and limoncello. That’s it!

To keep things even easier, you can use a quality store-bought lemonade and limoncello. 

Also, chill your prosecco so everything is perfectly cold when it comes time to mix. 

11. Limoncello Spritz

You don’t have to be a bartender to make this spritz.

All you’ll have to do is combine prosecco with some limoncello and soda water to create a fabulous drink. 

This Italian cocktail is about as refreshing as it gets! 

For cocktail hour or as an afternoon delight, a limoncello spritz is a wonderful refreshment. 

12. Limoncello Sunrise

Move over Tequila Sunrise, this one’s all about the limoncello. 

This vibrant beverage combines orange juice and limoncello in a tall glass. Top it off with grenadine for the full sunrise effect. 

This cocktail is heavy on the fruit with tart and sweet mixed in. I think some vodka or tequila would also pair nicely.

13. Blueberry Limoncello Cocktail

Looking for a berry-licious summer or winter cocktail to add to the mix? Look no further than this wonderful creation. 

It takes everyone’s favorite summer berry and combines it with a bounty of winter citrus.

In particular, this concoction features limoncello, blueberry juice, lemonade, and soda water.

It’s fruity, fizzy, and heavy on the lemon, all of which will have you coming back for another round. 

13 Best Limoncello Cocktails

Course: DrinksCuisine: Italian, American


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Brighten up your evening with this Limoncello Lemon Drop. Pure lemony goodness!


  • lemon wedge, for the rim and garnish

  • granulated sugar, for the rim

  • 2 ounces limoncello

  • 1 ounce vodka

  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice

  • ice cubes


  • Moisten the rim of a martini glass with a lemon wedge. Pour sugar onto a plate and dip the rim into the sugar, rotating it to ensure an even coat.
  • In a cocktail shaker, pour vodka, limoncello, and lemon juice. Fill the shaker with ice. Shake well for about 15 seconds until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  • Strain the mixture into the prepared glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
  • Serve and enjoy!
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