10 Limoncello Cocktails Featuring the Citrus Liqueur

Enjoy the Sweet-Tart Taste in Delicious Drinks

Limoncello is a luscious liqueur that can capture anyone's attention. It's a beautiful mix of sweet and tart flavors used to create many utterly delicious cocktails.

You don't even need a recipe that calls for limoncello specifically. The liqueur is useful as an alternative to lemon simple syrup or in cocktails that call for lemon juice and syrup separately.

While you might be inclined to group all limoncello cocktails with super sweet dessert drinks, that's not always the case. It's a surprisingly versatile ingredient that's found in sweet whiskey teas, vodka martinis, and even a twisted tequila punch. With these recipes, you'll never have to wonder what to do with a bottle of limoncello again.

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    Easy Bourbon Tea

    Bourbon Iced Tea

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    Use limoncello to put the "sweet" in your summer sweet tea. This bourbon tea recipe is delightfully simple, requiring nothing more than bourbon, limoncello, and iced tea. It's a great drink for a relaxing day in the backyard and can quickly be mixed up by the pitcher.

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    In & Out Lemontini

    In and Out Lemontini Cocktail

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    The in and out lemontini is one of the best ways to enjoy limoncello and your favorite vodka at the same time. This recipe simply rinses a cocktail glass with the sweet liqueur, then adds shaken vodka, leaving you with an incredibly quick vodka martini kissed with citrus.

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    Sparkling Shamrock

    Sparkling Shamrock Cocktail

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    The bright taste of limoncello is ideal for softly flavored spring cocktails. The fruity, floral freshness of the sparkling shamrock is a fine place to use it. The pear vodka, elderflower liqueur, and cucumber lemonade cocktail can be simplified by pouring 1 ounce of limoncello instead of the lemon juice and simple syrup.

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    Lemon Cake

    Easy RumChata Lemon Cake Cocktail Recipe


    The lemon cake recipe is one of those dessert cocktails that limoncello is famous for and it's incredibly simple. If you have a bottle of RumChata and one of limoncello, that's all you need. Combine the two and you're ready to enjoy a creamy delight that's sure to satiate your sweet tooth.

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    Good Luck Charm

    Bobby "G" Gleason's Good Luck Charm Cocktail
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    An intriguing bourbon cocktail, this one is for the truly dedicated lemon lover. The good luck charm puts a very flavorful whiskey against both limoncello and lemon sour (a lemon-only version of sour mix). That sweet-tart bourbon background is then accented with fresh spearmint which is intentionally left in the cocktail to bring you good fortune.

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    Tuscan Pear

    Grey Goose's Tuscan Pear Cocktail

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    When you're ready for an adventure in flavor, the Tuscan pear is a great choice. This cocktail recipe begins with pear vodka, limoncello, and orange juice before adding a fantastic ginger snap. It's served in a sugar-rimmed glass over crushed ice and garnished with mint and pear for a presentation as impressive as the drink.

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    Somrus Fizz

    Somrus Fizz


    Somrus is an Indian cream liqueur with a hint of nutty flavor that creates some tasty cocktails, including the Somrus fizz. The recipe mixes it with gin and egg white for a cocktail similar to the classic New Orleans fizz. Taking it a step further, limoncello and orange blossom and rose waters are added before blending it all up into a unique smoothie.

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    Devil's Punch

    Devil's Punch Recipe

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    The devil's punch brings limoncello into the world of tequila. It's similar to the margarita, using the lemon liqueur to add a tantalizing twist to the tequila, orange liqueur, and sour mix. The recipe makes a single cocktail, but this is one you won't want to keep for yourself. Increasing it to a party-worthy punch is easy.

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    Lavender Lemon Drop

    Lavender Lemon Drop Cocktail

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    The lavender lemon drop is a perfect example of where you can use limoncello as a substitute. The floral vodka martini typically uses lemon juice and simple syrup individually, but you can simply pour 1 1/4 ounces of limoncello instead. You can even skip the lemon vodka and stick with a pour of your favorite unflavored vodka.

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    Vodka Lemon Sorbet

    Vodka Lemon Sorbet

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    Limoncello can become part of the dessert in this vodka lemon sorbet recipe. All you have to do is replace the sorbet's lemon juice with limoncello and switch to a plain simple syrup. Keep it frozen for a lovely dessert. It makes an excellent palate cleanser, too.