Limoncello Lemon Margaritas

Sweetened with limoncello instead of orange liqueur, Italian margaritas are a unique twist on the traditional tequila cocktail. These limoncello lemon margaritas sure to brighten your summer cocktail repertoire with their beautiful yellow hue.

Limoncello margaritas rimmed with sugar and lemon zest, garnished with lemon wedges.

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.

Two limoncello margaritas in glasses, one is being poured.

Here’s what you’ll need to make them

Limoncello margaritas rimmed with sugar and lemon zest, garnished with lemon wedges with a bottle of limoncello in the background.

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

What is Limoncello?

Limoncello is a delicious Italian liqueur with a sweet lemon flavor.

Does Limoncello go bad?

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.

Why does limoncello freeze?

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.

Limoncello margaritas rimmed with sugar and lemon zest, garnished with lemon wedges.

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Limoncello margaritas rimmed with sugar and lemon zest, garnished with lemon wedges.
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Limoncello Margaritas

Sweetened with limoncello instead of orange liqueur, Italian margaritas are a unique twist on the traditional tequila cocktail. These limoncello lemon margaritas sure to brighten your summer cocktail repertoire with their beautiful yellow hue.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Tequila
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

Scale
  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and combine cocktail ingredients. Shake until cold and strain into prepared glass.
  3. Garnish with a lemon wedge before serving.

Nutrition

  • 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

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