This Amalfi Martini Limoncello is a delicious and easy limoncello martini recipe made with gin.
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I am a huge fan of citrus and a limoncello gin cocktail is right up my alley!
I always want cocktails that are citrus or earthy based, and this Italian cocktail has both!
Limoncello is alcoholic, so making a gin martini with limoncello will result in a strong kick.
You can also turn it into a limoncello gin cocktail by adding some club soda, tonic water, or something similar!
Serve it over ice in a rocks or collins highball glass.
What is Limoncello?
Limoncello is a delicious, and strong, lemon flavored liqueur that originates from Southern Italy.
Specifically, Amalfi on the southern coast is known for their lemons.
I was able to visit Amalfi when I was living in Italy for college and the lemons are HUGE! They are the size of a football, and that is not an exaggeration.
They are so famous for their lemons that you can find limoncello everywhere in Italy, especially in the south.
Is limoncello an alcohol?
Yes, it is a liqueur. Typically made with vodka as the base with sugars and lemon added.
What type of lemons are used in limoncello?
Traditionally, lemons from Sorrento are used. Sorrento is near Naples and the Amalfi coast, known for their lemons.
Because of the amazing and delicious lemons in Amalfi, I named this cocktail after the beautiful city.
I remember pulling into Amalfi on a train, coming around a corner, and right out onto the edge of a cliff with buildings on the cliffside, beautiful waters, and a gorgeous Italian sun setting over the water.
How is Limoncello made?
Limoncello is easy to make at home! You can also try it with other citrus fruits.
My favorite is a grapefruit-cello!
To make a limoncello, the rinds of lemons are soaked in alcohol (typically vodka or vodka mixed with everclear).
It is important that little to no pith (the white part between the yellow skin and the inner lemon) is used because it can make it bitter.
They you let it soak for a while, with the lemon peels giving their flavor and color to the liquid (while they turn white!).
Add some simple syrup and you have limoncello!
It is popular as an after dinner cordial in Italy and also a great liqueur to use in Italian cocktails.
Gin or Vodka?
Martinis can be made with both gin and vodka.
This Amalfi Martini Limoncello is great with gin because it provides a subtle earthy balance behind the lemon.
But if desired, you can definitely use vodka in place of the gin for this limoncello drink recipe.
The mint is very, very subtle in this Amalfi Martini Limoncello.
It is not meant to be strong like a mojito. Just a subtle nod toward freshness and brightness.
Use as much or as little as you like, but I found this recipe to be just perfect for a slight mint hint without being too forward.
- 4 ounces gin (or vodka if preferred)
- 3 ounces limoncello
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice (1 large lemon)
- 6 mint leaves
- Combine the gin, limoncello, lemon juice, and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Fill 2/3 with ice and shake for 30 seconds.
- Strain the cocktail into two martini glasses, preferably chilled.
- Garnish as desired with lemon peels, lemon wedges, and mint leaves.