Limoncello Cocktail Query Part II: Vote For Your Favorite Limoncello Cocktail Recipe!

LimoncelloOn July 18, I shared the following dilemma with you:

I now have 6 bottles of Limoncello and 4 bottles of Vanillacello in my basement, and I have no idea what to do with them. I realize that I could simply give a few of them away, but before I do that, I am hoping to gather some interesting cocktail recipes that I could include as serving suggestions when I finally start gifting bottles of this tasty stuff to friends and family.

Although I dabble in the occasional cocktail creation, I am far from an expert, so I am asking for a bit of help from you, our Dear Readers. Here’s the plan:

  • Step 1: Readers will give us some cocktail recipe suggestions in the comment section or email us directly at
  • Step 2: We will do a follow up post that lists our favorite Limoncello based cocktail recipes and ask you to vote for your favorite one.
  • Step 3: The cocktail recipe that gets the most votes will be featured in a third and final post with full credit being given to the cocktail creator (with proper shout outs on TwitterFacebookDrinkwireInstagram, and Pinterest!).

With Step 1 out of the way, we can now move on to Step 2…

I am happy to report that we received some tasty sounding recipes, so without further ado, here are my six favorites listed in the order that they were received (my apologies to Ed of The Dogs of Beer blog for not including his suggestion, but I don’t think pouring Limoncello into a shot glass counts as a cocktail):


“Scurvy’s Bain” by Oliver Gray of the Literature and Libation Blog

  • 1 oz Limoncello
  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Midori
  • 2 oz pineapple juice

Mix vigorously in a tumbler over ice. Strain into a martini glass, decorate with mint.


“Limoncello Ricky” by Limpd

  • 1 oz Limoncello
  • 1oz Hendrick’s Gin
  • Club Soda
  • Ice
  • Wedge of lemon

Fill a Collins with ice. Pour in the Limoncello and Hendrick’s Gin. Pour in the Club Soda. Garnish with a wedge of lemon.


“Gin-Limon Refresher” by Susannah of the What Tastes Good Blog

  • 3 cucumber slices
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 1/8 cup of pineapple chunks
  • 1 oz Limoncello
  • 1 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin
  • Ice
  • Seltzer

Muddle the fresh cucumber slices, basil leaves, and pineapple chunks in the bottom of a highball glass. Add the gin and limoncello. Stir to combine. Top with ice and seltzer. Garnish with a slice of cucumber.


“The Italian Sidecar” by the Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide Blog

  • 1/3 brandy or cognac
  • 1/3 Cointreau (triple sec is just fine)
  • 1/6 limoncello
  • 1/6 lemon juice
  • Orange wedge or maraschino cherry for garnish

Combine ingredients in glass shaker, give it a shake, and pour in the glass of your choice.


“Sun Tea Alla Napoletana” by The Hip Flask

  • Ice
  • One part Limoncello
  • Three parts Sun Tea
  • San Pellegrino Blood Orange Soda
  • Lemon wedge

Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour in the Limoncello and Sun Tea. Add a splash of Blood Orange Soda. Stir to combine, but don’t overdo it. Garnish with a wedge of lemon.


“Limon Pledge Punch” by The Wookie

  • 2 cups Limoncello
  • 8 cups Cranberry Juice
  • 2 cups Cruzan Black Strap Rum
  • 1 cup Aged Silver Light Rum
  • Add some sliced fruit (one sliced lemon, orange, lime, etc..)

Mix, chill, find some friends, serve over ice in a Red Solo Cup, and garnish with a lime wedge.


Now that you’ve read the recipes, it’s time for you to pick the winner. Please take a moment to vote for your favorite Limoncello Cocktail recipe:

Many thanks to everyone that submitted a recipe. May the best bartender win!

Stay tuned for Part 3…

9 replies »

  1. It might not “count” but I maintain it’s still the best way to enjoy Limoncello, LOL. But I’m not bitter in the least. Some of these sound great. I think you should record a video of you tasting each entry. Have LimpD join you. That would be fun.


    • LOL! Glad to hear that you’re not bitter at all. Or perhaps you are just a wee bit bitter. I mean, who else but a bitter man would suggest that Limpd and I videotape ourselves making, drinking, and talking about cocktails. That tape would incite comments like, “Really. We’re not laughing at you. We’re laughing WITH you.”. And our readership plummets even further! 😉

      Although I am opposed to a cocktail video of us, you did give me an idea to finally review the Bar10der gadget that I got for Christmas. I can use it to make the winning cocktail. Oodles of doucheography shall ensue!


      • I’m with Ed, Let’s do a virtual tasting (audio – no video) of each of the recipes (including shooting it straight). Might be a lot of fun or an awful experience. Either way, I’m game.


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