How to Make a Limoncello Cocktail

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Limoncello cocktails are easy, delicious drinks that can be served in a variety of different settings. Refined enough for an elegant cocktail party and whimsical enough for a costume party, there is no wrong time for Limoncello cocktails. Pair the drinks with light Italian fare for dinner or serve Limoncello cocktails with warm vanilla cake, homemade pear ice cream and fresh raspberries for a decadent after dinner treat. This recipe makes two cocktails. You can also make a large batch of the drink and pour it over a block of ice in a punch bowl.

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Things you need

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Crushed ice
  • 4 oz. Limoncello liqueur
  • 4 oz. citrus-infused vodka
  • 2 tbsp. simple syrup
  • ½ tbsp. Rose's lime juice
  • Club soda, to fill glass
  • Lemon or lime wedges, for garnish

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  1. 1

    Fill a cocktail shaker half-full with crushed ice. Add the Limoncello liqueur, citrus-infused vodka, simple syrup and Rose's lime juice.

  2. 2

    Cover the cocktail shaker and shake gently for 10 to 15 seconds. Don't shake too vigorously; this will bruise the alcohol, giving it a mildly unpleasant aftertaste.

  3. 3

    Transfer the mixture to two highball glasses half-filled with ice cubes or crushed ice. Fill each glass with club soda and garnish with a lemon or lime wedge. Serve immediately while the drinks are ice cold.

Tips and warnings

  • For an interesting variation on this drink, add a tablespoon of Chambord for a raspberry Limoncello cocktail.
  • To make simple syrup, combine ½ cup warm water with ½ cup sugar. Heat the mixture in a small saucepan for 2 to 3 minutes or until the sugar dissolves completely.

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