Limoncello Martini Recipe – Classic Cocktail

“Martinis are the only American invention as perfect as a sonnet.”
– H. L. Mencken

According to E.B. White, it is the “elixir of quietude.” Martini has always been a popular choice for sophisticated businessmen and executives. The cocktail, with its simple key ingredients and charismatic appeal, is one drink that cannot be surpassed by modern trends.

The Limoncello Martini Recipe is definitely a classic. It is a gin-based cocktail that has been and will always be a quintessential part of every man’s evening. Ultimately, It’s a cocktail that displays style and elegance.


We are very much familiar with how James Bond likes his martini, “shaken, not stirred.” But even before James Bond, the martini has been in existence since the late nineteenth century. Its origin is never certain and there are several theories about how our beloved martini came to be.

One popular story says that it originated in Martinez, California during the gold rush. One lucky prospector who struck it rich decided to celebrate his fortune at a local bar. The prospector then ordered champagne but was not available. Consequently, the bartender concocted a drink from ingredients that are on hand.

Hence, the “Martinez Special” was created. The ingredients the bartender used were vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and lastly, a slice of lemon.  The drink became recognized and as a result, it was published in the Bartender’s Manual in the 1880s.

How Strong Is the Martini?

The cocktail is strong, in fact, for this very reason they are served short. Gin is 80-proof while vermouth is 15 percent alcohol by volume. To sum up, the drink is 62 proof which makes it indeed, one of the strongest drinks mixed up.

Customizing a Martini

You can’t just walk into a bar to order a martini. The bartender will ask a series of questions. But don’t get annoyed, they are just personalizing your cocktail. Questions like, “Gin, vodka or tequila?” “What brand of gin (or vodka)?” “Dry, bone-dry, or perfect?” “Shaken or stirred?” “An olive or a twist?” “What kind of olives?”

One martini, too many options. There may be one martini by the name, but there is a lot of variation on how it is made.


There are several variations on how a martini is made. Usually, martini has gin and dry vermouth served cold with a green olive. A “dry” martini has less vermouth while “dirty” martini has olive brine. “Kangaroo” is a type of martini where gin is replaced with vodka. Some have a cocktail onion on their martinis, and they call it a “Gibson.”

When you order a martini “on the rocks”, it is not served in a cocktail glass but rather, over ice. Martini “with a twist” has a decorative citrus peel. The “Vesper” is created with gin and vodka with Kina Lillet vermouth then decorated with lemon peel.

When you like it “Bone dry or Desert” it simply means no vermouth, just chilled gin. A “50-50” has equal parts of vermouth and gin. A “perfect” martini has a sweeter profile, with sweet and dry vermouth in the drink.

Limoncello Martini Recipe Classic Cocktail

Limoncello Martini Recipe

Because you can create just about anything with a martini, we can add literally just anything to recreate it. Its clear, clean flavor profile allows whatever you mix it with to take over the drink’s flavor.

Limoncello Martini recipe is a sweet and sour cocktail, especially perfect for warm, summer evenings. In this recipe, vodka, limoncello, and cherries will be used. The vodka will also cut the sweetness of the limoncello. This recipe is definitely a perfect balance of sweet and sour.

Limoncello Martini

Limoncello Martini is a perfect summer indulgence, a marriage of tart and sweetness in a glass.

Recipe Type Martini
Course American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 806 kcal
Author Ventura Limoncello


  • 60 ml Vodka
  • 30 ml Limoncello
  • 15 ml Lime Juice
  • Fresh ice
  • 3 pcs Maraschino cherry skewered


  1. Put fresh ice into a cocktail shaker until half full.

  2. Add 60 ml vodka, 30 ml limoncello, and 15 ml lime juice.

  3. Shake until the ice melts and the ingredients well mixed.

  4. Strain the contents in a martini glass.

  5. Decorate with maraschino cherries.

Nutrition Facts
Limoncello Martini
Amount Per Serving
Calories 806
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

To prepare the recipe, first, put fresh ice into a cocktail shaker until half full. Then add 60 ml vodka, 30 ml limoncello, and 15 ml lime juice. Next, shake until the ice melts and the ingredients well mixed. Then strain the contents in a martini glass. Lastly, decorate with maraschino cherries.

Martini Recipes

The nice thing about this classic cocktail is that after you fall in love with it, you will know exactly how you like it. You will realize the endless possibilities of what you can contrive with a martini, like for example this limoncello lemon drop martini recipe. So when life gives you lemons, what do you do with it? Get a martini and whip up a Limoncello Martini recipe, of course!

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