10 Limoncello Cocktails Featuring the Citrus Liqueur

Enjoy the Sweet-Tart Taste in Delicious Drinks

Sparkling Shamrock Cocktail
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Luscious limoncello is a liqueur that can capture anyone's attention. It's a beautiful mix of sweet and tart that is 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 Tea

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    Use limoncello to put the "sweet" in your summer sweet tea. This bourbon tea recipe is delightfully simple and a great drink for a relaxing day in the backyard. It requires just three ingredients and can quickly be mixed up by the pitcher when unexpected visitors stop by.

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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 the bright taste of citrus.

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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

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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). It doesn't stop there. That sweet-tart bourbon background is accented with fresh spearmint which is intentionally left in the cocktail to bring you good fortune.

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    Tuscan Pear

    Grey Goose Vodka's Tuscan Pear Cocktail Recipe

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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 a nice pear vodka accented with 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. The Somrus fizz makes good use of it, pairing the cream with gin and egg white for a cocktail similar to the classic New Orleans fizz. This recipe takes it a step further, adding limoncello along with orange blossom and rose waters, then blends it up for a fizzy and 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 actually 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 and 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.

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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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    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 use 1 cup of limoncello and make plain simple syrup instead of the lemon-flavored option used in the recipe. The recipe serves five, so it's perfect for an intimate dinner party. It even makes a great palate cleanser.