Last Updated on April 26, 2021 by laurenpacek
This Limoncello Martini (aka Limoncello Lemon Drop Martini) is sweet, tangy, and so delicious! It's also very easy to make.
What inspired this drink?
I had a jar of Homemade Sous Vide Limoncello sitting in my fridge, and was trying to think of a new way to use it. I ended up deciding to riff a bit on the Lemon Drop (or Lemon Drop Martini), which contains vodka, triple sec, lemon juice, simple syrup, and a sugar rim.
You can think of the two drinks as cousins, of sorts.
This version is sweet, but not too sweet, and essentially tastes like adult lemonade.
What ingredients go into this cocktail?
Just a few. Let's talk about them for a sec:
- Limoncello: Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur. It's sweet, citrusy (duh), and so refreshing. You can use either store bought or homemade Limoncello here.
- Vodka: Just plain vodka. Use whatever brand you prefer.
- Lemon juice: Freshly squeezed, please.
- Lemon wheel: This isn't mandatory, but I think that floating a lemon wheel in this martini is really nice and looks pretty.
How do you make this martini?
Pour all of your liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake shake shake. Make sure that you shake it until it is very cold.
Strain the drink into a coupe glass (or a martini glass, if that's more your style) and float a lemon wheel in the glass. Et voila: pretty and pretty delicious.
What else can you make with Limoncello?
First, consider drinking your Limoncello straight! In Italy, Limoncello is commonly drunk out of a shot glass or cordial glass before dinner as an apertif or after dinner as a digetif. If you go this route, serve it very cold (but not over ice) and sip it rather than taking it as a shot.
If you're looking for another Limoncello cocktail recipe, you have to try my Limoncello Gin Collins. It's the single most popular recipe on this blog, and for very good reason. It's delicious and incredibly refreshing.
Looking for other lemony recipes?
I just told you about the Limoncello Gin Collins, but don't forget about my Limoncello Spritz or Grilled Mezcal Margaritas! They're made with grilled lemons. Kentucky Bourbon Lemonade ain't too bad, either.
- 1.5 oz limoncello
- 1.5 oz vodka
- 1 oz lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- lemon wheel, for garnish
- Add the limoncello, vodka, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake until very cold. Strain into a coupe or martini glass.
- Garnish with a lemon wheel.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 3gSugar: 23gProtein: 1g