Limoncello is a luscious lemon liqueur with a beautiful mix of sweet and tart flavors that create delicious cocktails. While you might be inclined to group all limoncello cocktails with sweet dessert drinks, that's not always the case. It's a surprisingly versatile ingredient found in sweet whiskey teas, vodka martinis, and even a twisted tequila punch. With these limoncello drink recipes, you'll never wonder what to do with a bottle of limoncello again.
01 of 10
02 of 10
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 citrus-kissed vodka martini.
Freeze Your Limoncello
Limoncello is fantastic on its own when served as a digestif, and it's best when well-chilled. Many limoncello fans like to keep the bottle in the freezer to ensure it's always cold, though a few hours will do just fine. Generally, the limoncello itself will not freeze. It is possible that some low-proof limoncello will get slushy if left in the freezer too long.
03 of 10
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 then adds a fabulous 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.
04 of 10
The lemon cake recipe is one of those dessert cocktails that limoncello is famous for, and it's effortless. All you need is a bottle of RumChata and one of limoncello. Combine the two, and you're ready to enjoy a creamy delight that's sure to satiate your sweet tooth.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
05 of 10
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 to bring you good fortune.
06 of 10
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 mix of tequila, orange liqueur, and sour mix. The recipe makes a single cocktail, but there's no need to keep it to yourself. Increasing it to a party-worthy punch is easy.
07 of 10
The honey citrus drop shooter is one of the few recipes that call for a lemon liqueur. In these, limoncello is often your best choice because there are not many other options. A sweet, fruity shot, this recipe accents the lemon with a great honey liqueur and a touch of orange or pineapple juice. It's fun, unique, and has a great kick.
Limoncello as a Substitute
Limoncello can be used as a substitute for lemon simple syrup and in cocktails that use lemon juice and syrup separately. While you can typically get away with an equal measure, it's always a good idea to adjust it to taste.
08 of 10
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, but you can pour 1 1/4 ounces of limoncello instead. If you like, skip the lemon vodka and pour your favorite unflavored vodka.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
09 of 10
The bright taste of limoncello is ideal for softly flavored spring cocktails. A fine place to use it is with the fruity, floral freshness of the sparkling shamrock. Simplify the pear vodka, elderflower liqueur, and cucumber lemonade cocktail by pouring one ounce of limoncello rather than the lemon juice and simple syrup.
10 of 10