You only need 4 ingredients to make the best limoncello vodka cocktail!! A limoncello martini is the perfect combo of sweet and tart, always a crowd pleaser for parties, and dangerously easy to sip on.
If you need a cocktail for your next gathering, this right here is what you should make. Just four easy ingredients, a cocktail shaker, and some ice. That's all you need!
Your friends will be asking where you've been bartending after sipping on these.
What is limoncello?
It's a lemon-infused liquor made from an 80 to 100-proof clear spirit, typically vodka, lemon zest, and sugar.
The taste is sweet, lemony, and just a touch boozy.
What goes in it?
You'll need vodka, limoncello liqueur, simple syrup, and lemon juice. To make the simple syrup you just need equal parts water and granulated sugar.
Fresh lemon juice is the best for a punch of tart lemon flavor, but you can absolutely substitute bottled lemon juice if that's what you have on hand.
Is it different than a lemon drop martini?
Only slightly! A lemon drop martini uses all the same ingredients as a limoncello martini EXCEPT triple sec is used in place of limoncello and there's less of it.
This cocktail has even more lemon flavor and vibrant yellow color.
How to make a limoncello martini
It's super easy! That's one of the many reasons this cocktail is perfect for entertaining.
Step 1: Make the simple syrup. Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and hit until the sugar melts. You can also do this in the microwave in a bowl or microwave-safe measuring cup.
Step 2: In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, limoncello, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Fill with ice, cover, and shake vigorously for about 10 to 15 seconds. Strain into a martini glass.
How to make a lemon sugar rim
One of the best parts of a lemon drop or limoncello martini is the sugar rim! Here's how you do it.
Pour about ¼ cup granulated sugar on a flat plate. Top with about 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon zest and mix slightly.
Run a juicy lemon wedge on the outside of the rim of the glass. Turn over and dip all sides of the rim into the sugar. Shake off any excess and fill with the shaken cocktail.
Can these be made in a batch?
Absolutely. Calculate how many drinks you think you'll need and multiply that by the recipe. You can convert the ounces into cups to make it easier. Just pour over ice, shake, and strain as you need them. For example...
Makes 12 martinis:
- 2 ¼ cups vodka
- 1 ½ cups limoncello
- 1 ½ cups simple syrup
- ¾ cup fresh lemon juice
To get this quantity, I multiplied the original recipe ounces by 12 and then divided by 8 to get the ingredients in cup measurements (8 ounces in a cup). Just remember these are martinis and should be sipped on!
If you loved this cocktail, I'd highly recommend upping the lemon ante and whipping up this limoncello tiramisu to go with it!
Here are some other ideas on what to serve with these martinis:
- Homemade Balsamic Bruschetta
- Peach Burrata Salad
- Strawberry Mascarpone Puff Pastry Braid
- Arugula and Corn Flatbread
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- cocktail shaker
- martini glass
- 1 ½ ounces vodka
- 1 ounce limoncello
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
- Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
- If serving with a sugared rim. Run a lemon wedge over the lip of the martini glass and dip in sugar. Shake off the excess. Pour the chilled cocktail into the glass.