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This limoncello tonic is an easy 2 ingredient cocktail that is the perfect, refreshing cocktail to make for summertime! It’s easy to make just a couple drinks at once, or prepare a large pitcher for guests.
Limoncello is delicious on its own, but it can also be used in a number of different cocktail recipes, such as this limoncello martini.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This limoncello tonic is made with only 2 ingredients, making it an extra simple cocktail to make.
- This is a refreshing drink that is the perfect summer cocktail.
- It is easy to serve in a pitcher for a large group of people.
What Is Limoncello?
Limoncello is an Italian liqueur from the south of Italy. It is made from lemon peels of Amalfi lemons.
It is typically served chilled before or after dinner, and meant to be sipped.
However, you can also use limoncello in a number of cocktail recipes.
- Limoncello: Use a good quality limoncello. The best quality limoncellos are made with Amalfi lemons. However, not all liquor stores will offer a variety of limoncellos to choose from, so use what you can find.
- Tonic Water: Tonic water adds bubbly fizz as well as a slightly bitter, citrusy flavor. If you don’t like tonic water, you can use sparkling water or club soda instead.
Step By Step Instructions
Step 1: Add the limoncello to a glass filled with ice.
Step 2: Top off with tonic water. Gently stir.
- Limoncello Gin And Tonic: Add in an ounce of your favorite type of gin.
- Limoncello Herb Tonic: This cocktail would pair well with a slight herby flavor. Try adding in ½ ounce of this rosemary simple syrup, this basil simple syrup, or this thyme simple syrup.
- Limoncello Pineapple & Mango Tonic: For a bit of a sweeter drink, add in a splash of pineapple and mango nectar.
- Add garnishes. This is a simple cocktail that can easily be elevated by adding garnish, such as a sprig of rosemary, a few basil leaves or a slice of lemon.
- Chill the glasses & ingredients. This cocktail is served over ice, but chilling both the glasses, as well as the limoncello and tonic water beforehand will prevent the drink from becoming as watered down once served.
- Adjust the proportions. Everyone has a personal preference for how sweet they like their cocktails. If you enjoy drinking limoncello on its own, you may want to reduce the amount of tonic water by 1 to 2 ounces. If you prefer a bubblier drink, you can add in an extra ounce of tonic water.
- Serve in a pitcher for a group. If you are making this for a group, multiply the proportions by 6 (you will need 2 x 355ml cans of tonic water). Combine the ingredients in a pitcher, without adding ice. Serve over ice in individual cocktail glasses.
- Don’t prepare in advance. If this cocktail is made too far in advance, the tonic water will become flat. At most, prepare this drink 1 hour before serving.
Limoncello has a distinctly sweet and intense lemony-citrus flavor.
Once opened, limoncello should be stored in a cool, dark place. Place the limoncello in the fridge for a few hours before serving to chill the liqueur.
Yes, you can use homemade limoncello in this recipe.
One standard 355ml can of tonic water will be enough to make 3 cocktails.