Summer is here, and it’s time to add a burst of citrus to your BBQs with this refreshing summer sipper – the Limoncello Margarita! Zesty lemons, smooth tequila, and a splash of that sunny Limoncello sweetness make up this simple but tasty cocktail. This vibrant cocktail is perfect for those lazy poolside afternoons or lively summer gatherings.
What is The Classic Margarita?
Let’s start with the basics. The classic margarita is simple and timeless, made with tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice and simple or agave syrup. This classic is the perfect balance of tart and sweet notes that’s sure to make your taste buds sing.
What is Limoncello?
Limoncello is a delicious Italian lemon liqueur. It was first created on the shores of Southern Italy and packs a lemony punch with a delightful sweetness to remind you of sunny Mediterranean days. Adding Limoncello to the classic margarita is like Italian sunshine in a glass!
Love Limoncello? Try my Raspberry Limoncello Spritz.
How to make a batch of Limoncello Margaritas
When making cocktails for a party it just makes sense to make a big batch instead of using your valuable hosting time making cocktails all day. It’s simple enough to turn this into a big batch for guests.
To make 12 servings, in a large pitcher, combine:
- 3 cups (24 oz) tequila
- 1 cup (8 oz) triple sec
- 2 cups (16 oz) freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 cups (16 oz) Limoncello
- 1 cup (8 oz) agave syrup.
Stir everything gently to blend the flavors.
For the best results, don’t add ice at this stage to prevent dilution and maintain the flavors. Instead, chill the mixture in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. This allows the flavors to mix together, resulting in a more flavorful cocktail.
When it’s time to serve, have an assortment of citrus slices, mint sprigs, and lime wedges on the side, allowing guests to garnish their Limoncello Margaritas to their preferences. For a seamless pouring experience, try using a beverage dispenser with a tap to make serving effortless.
How To Make Your Own Limoncello
Making your own Limoncello has been cost effective and fun. It also can make a great homemade gift. Here are the ingredients and steps to make your own:
- 10 to 12 organic lemons (for their zest)
- 750 ml of high-proof vodka or grain alcohol (at least 95% alcohol by volume)
- 2 cups of water
- 1.5 to 2 cups of granulated sugar (adjust according to your desired sweetness)
To make homemade Limoncello, start by washing and drying the lemons to remove any wax or residue. Carefully zest the lemons using a vegetable peeler or zester, avoiding the bitter white pith and aiming for long, thin strips to maximize flavor extraction.
Place the zest in a clean glass container with airtight sealing, and pour high-proof vodka or grain alcohol over it. Seal the container and let it sit in a cool, dark place for 7 to 10 days, allowing the alcohol to extract vibrant lemon oils and flavors.
After the infusion period, create the Limoncello syrup by heating 2 cups of water with 1.5 to 2 cups of granulated sugar until dissolved. Let the syrup cool and then strain the infused alcohol to remove the zest. Mix in the syrup slowly, adjusting sweetness to taste.
Transfer the finished Limoncello to clean glass bottles with airtight lids, store in the refrigerator or freezer, and enjoy the refreshing homemade Limoncello, which tends to improve with age and can be savored for weeks or even months.
What sweeteners can I use?
You can use simple syrup, agave, honey syrup (a 1:1 ratio of honey and water) or maple syrup. They all have slightly different flavors but can be used to sweeten cocktails. You can easily make your own simple syrup at home or buy it online. You can also make your own sugar free simple syrup using a sugar alternative to cut down on the sugar content in your cocktail.
I recommend this simple syrup or this agave.
Pro Tip: try using seedless lemons – Here’s a tip that’ll keep your sips smooth and stress-free – go seedless! Say goodbye to lemon seeds floating around your cocktail.
What tools do I need?
To easily make this cocktail you will need a cocktail jigger or small measuring cup, a cocktail shaker, a strainer and a citrus juicer.
Limoncello Margarita Cocktail Recipe
Limoncello Margarita Cocktail
- 2 oz tequila
- 1/2 oz Cointreau
- 1 oz limoncello
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 1/2 oz agave syrup
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake.
- Strain into a glass with fresh ice.
- Garnish with a lemon slice.
- Optional: Add sugar and lemon zest to the rim of your glass.
The Limoncello Margarita is a deliciously refreshing cocktail that’s a perfect option for any summer occasion. With its tangy, sweet, and refreshing flavors, it’s no surprise that it’s a crowd-pleaser. And with these simple steps, you can make a perfect Limoncello Margarita in no time.
Whether you’re a seasoned mixologist or a beginner, you’ll find this recipe easy to follow. Happy Mixing!
More famous margarita recipes to try:
- Strawberry Basil Mezcal Margarita
- Passion Fruit Margarita
- Blackberry Lime Margarita Recipe
- Pineapple Margarita