The Limoncello Drop Cocktail

The Limoncello Drop Cocktail

Remember all the way back to a few days ago, when I posted a tutorial for how to make limoncello? And, that part at the end of the post, where I promised to fill you all in about the most perfect Lemon Drop cocktail made from limoncello?? Well, here it is! Sometimes I really come through for you guys.

I mean, look at this gorgeous drop of sunshine:

Limoncello Drop

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Tart! Sweet! Balanced! A citrus explosion on every single one of your taste buds! And, all of this can be yours! You just need a few simple ingredients…

Limoncello Drop Booze

Lemon Drops are typically made with Vodka, lemon juice and sugar. Triple Sec is often added for depth of flavor and a little more sweet. The Limoncello Drop on the other hand, uses limoncello in place of sugar and along with the orange liqueur, Grand Marnier, we’ve got the sweet, citrus part covered.

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Add a hefty dose of fresh lemon juice and a sugary rim, so it tastes like a boozy version of those lemon candies you had as a kid

LD glass up…and you’ll soon arrive at your new fave springtime, summertime, pretending-it’s-not-still-acting-like-wintertime-in-the-middle-of-March cocktail! Hello pretty!

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The Limoncello Drop

1 oz Vodka
1 oz Limoncello
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Grand Marnier

lemon peel
superfine sugar and lemon wedge to rim glass

To sugar the rim of your cocktail glass, take a freshly cut lemon wedge and slice the middle. Slip the wedge over the rim of the glass where you’ve cut the lemon, and sweep around the entire top of the glass until it is well coated. Gently dip the glass upside down into a saucer filled with sugar until just the tip of the glass is coated.

Shake all ingredients over ice until the outside tin is frosted over. Strain into a well chilled, sugar-rimmed cocktail glass. Add a lemon twist.

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9 Comments on The Limoncello Drop Cocktail

  1. Jordan
    March 27, 2015 at 2:13 pm (7 years ago)

    This seems like a great twist and perfect for the weather warming up (It…. will be warming up soon, right??) Can’t wait to try! Does it run a little more sour, or a little more sweet?

    • Prairie Rose
      March 27, 2015 at 3:25 pm (7 years ago)

      I hope it warms up soon! But this is honestly the best way to fake it until it does! Limoncello is never super sour. There is the extreme bright citrus flavor from the lemon peels, but it is very sweet and very strong! That’s why it’s best when served VERY cold in a cordial glass, or as an ingredient in a Limoncello Drop cocktail! Cheers!

    • Victoria Dore
      April 1, 2018 at 8:40 pm (4 years ago)

      I added a good tsp of powdered sugar (icing sugar) per drink and it took the bitterness\tartness down while still leaving it refreshing. The icing sugar melts with the shaking, but doesn’t water it down like simple syrup

  2. Leo Sigh
    March 29, 2015 at 12:13 am (7 years ago)

    I love Limoncello. It’s just sour ‘enough’ for me but the sweetness from the Grand Marnier takes over quickly. Easy to make too. Gorgeous photos, btw.

    • Prairie Rose
      March 29, 2015 at 1:25 am (7 years ago)

      Agreed! I love limoncello on its own but the Grang Marnier is a great compliment, as is the fresh lemon juice in this cocktail. Let me know if you make this and how it turns out! Thanks for commenting!

      • Victoria Dore
        April 1, 2018 at 8:49 pm (4 years ago)

        Used triple sec in place of grand mariner, added 1 tsp (healthy) icing sugar, and shook really well to melt that sugar….brilliant balance of sweet, tart refreshing yummy goodness

  3. Richard Tubbs
    April 11, 2018 at 5:51 pm (4 years ago)

    Try a mixture of 1/3, Lemoncfella and1/3 sweet and sour mix and 2/3 lemon vodka. Shake the mixture with ice and pour into sugar rimmed cocktail glass.

  4. Julie Grunspan
    December 28, 2018 at 8:13 pm (3 years ago)

    I am new to cocktail mixing but WOW this drink is divine! The perfect balance of tart and sweet, I have done with limes when out of lemons which was also delicious. Thank you for this perfect recipe – keep ‘em coming!

    • Prairie Rose
      January 1, 2019 at 1:07 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks! This continues to be my most popular cocktail on the blog. It’s a yummy one for sure!


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