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My Top 5 Limoncello Cocktail Recipes

 

Earlier this year, I spent a week in Italy with our friends as one of the couples in our little gang was getting married. Whilst there we indulged ourselves in all things Italian – in fact, over the course of our 5 day stay I ate 4 pizzas. If that isn’t doing Italy right, I don’t know what is.

 

As well as sight-seeing and carb-loading, we also made sure to drink local beers and wines, and every meal was finished with a palate-cleansing shot of Limoncello. Ice cold and sharp, it’s the perfect way to refresh your taste buds and settle your stomach after over-filling it, as we did every single night.

 

Back on British soil, Limoncello has continued to be a common theme in our group, and no gathering is complete until we’ve held our glasses high, toasted our friendship and knocked back a shot of it. It’s become a bit of a staple in our cupboards, ready for any get-together.

 

However, despite being most commonly used as an after-dinner treat, there is so much more you can do with Limoncello and using it as an ingredient in cocktails (or even food!) is the perfect way to make sure this tangy tipple has a home in our hearts all year round.

 

Here are some of my favourite Limoncello cocktail recipes:

 

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Limoncello Sunrise
What You Need:
– 25ml limoncello
– 85ml fresh orange juice
– Splash of grenadine
What You Do:
Fill a tall glass with ice, pour in the limoncello and orange juice, and stir well. Add the splash of grenade but don’t stir it, just allow it to settle to the bottom before drinking.

 

Renaissance
What You Need:
– 1 part cognac
– ¼ part limoncello
– ½ part sweet vermouth
– 2 dashes of peach bitters
– Orange peel
What To Do:
Fill a glass with ice cubes, add all the ingredients in one go and stir well. Finish off with a twist of orange peel to garnish.

 

The Lemon Highlander
What You Need:
– 25ml scotch
– 12 Drambuie
– 12 limoncello
What To Do:
Place ice into a whisky style glass, pour in each of the ingredient and stir well until combined and ice has started it melt slightly. Garnish with a slice of lemon. (A dried lemon slice will also be great aesthetically for this if you don’t want the added acidity of a fresh one).

 

Lemon Martini
What You Need:
– 85ml vodka
– 25ml limoncello
– 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
– Sugar
What To Do:
Dip a martini glass, upside down, into ice until wet, then run the rim of the glass through sugar until the top edges have an even coat. Mix the vodka, limoncello and fresh lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with some ice and shake hard. Strain into the martini glass.

 

Boozy Limoncello Lollipops
What You Need:
– Sugar
– Water
– Fresh lemon juice
– Lemon zest
– Fresh mint leaves (cut into pieces)
– Limoncello
What You Do:
Dissolve 1 part sugar and 1 part water to create a syrup, then add the fresh lemon juice, lemon zest and Limoncello to your own taste, before adding mint leaves. Pour the mixture into lollipop moulds and put into the freezer until solid.

 

As well as using limoncello in cocktails and to create some grown-up lollipops, you can also use it in baking. I haven’t tried it myself yet, but I’ve got my eyes on a few tasty looking recipes:

 

Limoncello Snow Cones from The Cupcake Project
Limoncello Cheesecake Bites from Bittersweet Blog
Limoncello Cupcakes from Brown Eyed Baker

 

There’s something so cosy about baking in the winter; I definitely think I’ll be giving these three a whirl in the coming months!

 

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Why not grab yourself a bottle of Limoncello (I particuarly like Pococello) and give some of these a go yourself?

 

 

Penny xx

 

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