Limoncello margarita is a lemony, Italian take on that classic, sexy cocktail! Only on LinsFood!
This is a post that is long overdue, something I’ve promised the many, many visitors to the Limoncello post – an actual limoncello cocktail post! I promise you won’t be disappointed!
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What is Limoncello?
Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur, made with steeping lemon peel in grain alcohol (or vodka, as a subsitute).
It is also known as limoncino and limonello, depending on which part of Italy you happen to be in. While it’s popular all over the country (and elsewhere), it has its roots in Southern Italy, specifically, the Amalfi Coast, Sorento and the island of Capri.
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What is Margarita?
The traditional margarita is a cocktail made with tequila, triple sec (like Cointreau), lime juice and simple syrup. It’s my favourite summer cocktail, with the possible exception of Pimm’s, that British standard, synonymous with Wimbledon.
Can you believe, at last count, I have 6 margarita recipes on this site? Today’s makes it 7! I did say I love margarita, didn’t I?
Limoncello Margarita Recipe
Today’s recipe, limoncello margarita, was an easy one in the making. There was hardly any thinking required, and no experimenting whatsoever.
The ingredients I used were a straight swap for the traditional margarita. Naturally, I kept the tequila, as I do with all our margarita recipes. Because you know what I always say,
It ain’t no margarita if it ain’t got tequila!
Besides that, the limoncello replaced the cointreau, and lemon juice replaced the lime juice; limoncello is lemon based, after all.
It really is that easy.
What Tequila to use in Limoncello Margarita?
So, you know there are different types of tequila, right?
- blanco (silver) – young and freshly distilled, it isn’t aged at all. Very popular in making margaritas and cocktails.
- joven (young) – this is a mix, and isn’t common at all. It’s essentially blanco mixed with something else, like colour or even the aged añejo
- reposado – aged 2 months to a year in oak barrels, is golden, and has a more rounded flavour. To me, a better margarita tequila, and the one we are using here.
- añejo – aged 1 to 3 years, is pretty smooth as best enjoyed on its own and not wasted in cocktails.
- extra añejo – for true tequila afficionados, this is any tequila that’s been aged more than 3 years. A pretty dark tequila and super smooth.
So we are using Reposado Tequila in our Limoncello Margarita. No need to break the bank here, just get one that you can stomach on its own and is in your budget.
Make your own limoncello or use a shop bought one.
If you fancy a delicious project this summer (or when lemons are season), make your own limoncello. I have a post on that, and it’s probably the most comprehensive article on limoncello you’ll ever come across. So if you are that way inclined, you’ll enjoy reading it, then hopefully, making it!
Alcohol Content (abv) in Limoncello
Homemade limoncello is going to be more potent than the shop bought variety. This is because we always strive for a minimum 30% abv, so that we can place our limoncello in the freezer without the risk of freezing; as limoncello is best when drunk neat, straight out of the freezer. You can read more on the limoncello post.
Shop bought limoncello, in my exerience, tends to be less than 30% abv, at least here in the UK, at any rate. So be aware of this when serving and drinking our limoncello margarita, as it can be potent stuff.
Right then, I think we’ve covered everything. Shall we go see how easy it is to make limoncello margarita?
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More Margarita Recipes
Limoncello Margarita (a Limoncello Cocktail)
- 50 ml (2 fl oz/2 parts) tequila
- 50 ml (2 fl oz/2 parts) limoncello
- 25 ml (1 fl oz/1 part) lemon juice (or more, to taste)
- simple syrup to taste recipe below
- handful ice cubes
- salt sprinkled on a saucer
- lemon slices for decorating the glass/drink
- A cocktail shaker would be great if not, just stir it all up well.
Simple Sugar Syrup
- 200 g (1 cup) white sugar
- 125 ml (½ cup) water
- Run a lemon slice all around the rim of your glass.
- Dip the glass rim into the salt, coating well.
- Add the required amounts of tequila, limoncello, lemon juice and syrup into your shaker with about half a dozen ice cubes.
- Shake it all up really well.
- Taste, add more sugar and/or lemon juice if you think it needs it.
- Pour the margarita, minus the ice cubes, into your prepared glass, stick a lemon slice on and sip away!
Simple Sugar Syrup
- Place the water and sugar into a small pan and bring to a boil.
- Simmer for 10 minutes on the lowest heat to allow the flavours to develop and the syrup to thicken.
- Leave to cool, no need to place in the fridge.