Why I love these lemon margaritas
A lot of Italian margarita recipes out there take inspiration from the Olive Garden’s Italian margarita that uses amaretto, but I thought it might be fun to try something totally different.
By using limoncello, rather than Cointreau or triple sec like you’d use in a traditional margarita, you enhance the lemons which results in a more intense lemon flavor that’s really refreshing and perfect for warmer weather.
Here’s what you’ll need to make them
How to make limoncello margaritas
Rim your glasses. Combine sugar and lemon zest on a small plate. Swipe your glass with a lemon wedge and dip it on the plate to coat your glass with lemon sugar. Fill the glass with ice.
Shake your margarita. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and measure the ingredients into the shaker. Cover and shake until cold.
Pour and garnish. Strain the margarita into your prepared glass and garnish with a lemon wedge or wheel. Serve immediately.
FAQs and tips on making these Italian margaritas
Limoncello is a delicious Italian liqueur with a sweet lemon flavor.
It is said to lose its flavor if left unrefrigerated even after 1 week, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep it in the fridge to enjoy its full flavor.
While most alcohol will not freeze, limoncello will become slightly frozen in the freezer. It will turn into a slush due to the lower alcohol content.
Other amazing margarita recipes you should try:
- Prickly pear margarita
- Spicy jalapeño margarita
- Blackberry margarita smash
- Cranberry margarita
- Strawberry margaritas on the rocks
More lemon cocktails you’ll love:Print
- 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
- 2 ounces limoncello
- 1 1/2 ounces lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- For the rim: lemon zest, granulated sugar
- For garnish: lemon slice or wedge
- Combine sugar and lemon zest on a small plate and stir to combine. Use a lemon wedge to wet the glass and dip into the sugar mixture to rim the glass. Fill with ice and set aside.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and combine cocktail ingredients. Shake until cold and strain into prepared glass.
- Garnish with a lemon wedge before serving.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Tequila
- Method: Shaken
- Cuisine: Italian
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 366
- Sugar: 38.7 g
- Sodium: 3.7 mg
- Fat: 0.3 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 40.6 g
- Fiber: 0.1 g
- Protein: 0.1 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: lemon margarita, limoncello margarita, italian margarita
Last Updated on October 20, 2023 by Melissa Belanger
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