The most refreshing, zesty + bright cocktail you’ll be enjoying all summer long, this Limoncello Martini is made with just 4 simple ingredients you likely already have at home! Also known as a lemon drop martini limoncello adds just a little extra flavor to this classic Italian coastal favorite.
Why You Should Make this Limoncello Martini Recipe
- It is easy. Requiring just 4 simple ingredients, you can whip this cocktail up in a flash.
- It is refreshing. The perfect boozy beverage for warmer days!
- It is versatile. Whether you’re drinking solo or having guests over, this cocktail can be made into a pitcher drink with ease.
Limoncello Martini Frequently Asked Questions
What is Limoncello?
Limoncello is a liquor made from steeping lemon peels + sugar in clear alcohol, like vodka. The infusing process usually takes at least a few weeks up to 2 months. Limoncello originates from Italy + is most popularly produced in regions like the Amalfi Coast, Capri + the Gulf of Naples.
When is Limoncello Typically Consumed?
Limoncello itself is considered an aperitif; an alcoholic beverage usually enjoyed pre or post meal to help stimulate digestion. Enjoy this cocktail before or after your favorite Italian meal, like this low FODMAP chicken piccata!
Is Limoncello Gluten Free?
Yes, Limoncello is Gluten Free! My favorite brand that is guaranteed to be gluten free, non-GMO + Kosher is Pallini Limoncello.
Can you freeze Limoncello?
Limoncello will stay fresh in the refrigerator up to 3 months, while you can freeze it up to one year. Just be sure to keep your limoncello chilled as it can lose its flavor if opened and left at room temperature.
Can You Make Limoncello Martinis Ahead?
Limoncello Martinis can absolutely be made ahead of time. You’ll want to mix up each of the ingredients in an airtight container, but save the ice for serving time as it will dilute the cocktail.
Do you shake this martini or stir it?
In order to ensure your limoncello martini is nice and chilled, be sure to build the cocktail in a shaker over ice + shake vigorously.
Do I need to strain this martini?
Since you are using fresh lemon juice, you may find that bits of the pulp or seeds find their way into your cocktail. Straining the drink into a martini or coupe glass helps to ensure none of these bits and pieces find their way into your glass.
Low FODMAP Tip: Limoncello has not been tested for FODMAPs by Monash University, therefore it may not be considered a low FODMAP alcohol. It is traditionally made using added cane sugar (which IS low FODMAP friendly), but you should note that if you do not tolerate any bit of cane sugar, you will want to omit the Limoncello in this recipe. You can replace it with additional lemon juice to still enjoy a Limoncello Martini on a low FODMAP diet!
Limoncello Martini Ingredients + Tested Substitutions
- Limoncello: It goes without saying, if you are making this version of a lemon drop martini limoncello is going to be essential in mixing up your cocktail. As noted above, if you aren’t in a place where cane sugar is tolerated, you can still enjoy the flavors of this cocktail by simple mixing lemon juice with vodka + a dash of liquid monkfruit sweetener.
- Vodka: I prefer to make my limoncello martini using vodka, but if you’re a gin martini person, that would work as an acceptable substitute.
- Simple Syrup: If you enjoy an extra touch of sweetness you will not want to skip out on the simple syrup, but if you prefer your drink a little stronger, you can omit the simple syrup as long as you’re making this lemon drop martini with limoncello. Homemade or store bought simple syrup both work perfectly. I personally enjoy these “skinny” simple syrups that are lowers in calories + carbs.
- Lemon Juice: You definitely want to use fresh lemon juice in this limoncello martini.
What to Serve with a Limoncello Martini
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- Cocktail shaker
- Cocktail Strainer
- 2 oz Limoncello
- 2 oz Vodka
- 1 oz Simple Syrup
- 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- Lemon peel or wedge for garnish
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Strain into a coupe or martini glass + garnish with lemon peel or wedge.