Give desserts and drinks a boozy kick with our easy limoncello recipes. Make it yourself at home with our super simple step-by-step, or use a shop-bought bottle for an Italian twist to summer tarts, pies and cocktails.


For more zingy tipples, check out our best citrus cocktails, including blood orange margaritas, or take a look at the best digestifs to try for post-supper sipping. We also have more Italian recipes and desserts so you can curate the ultimate Italian dinner party menu.

How to make it yourself: Limoncello

Mix vodka, sugar and the best-quality lemons you can find to make this winningly simple homemade limoncello. Perfect as an aperitif or for post-supper sipping alongside an Italian-inspired feast. If you want to stock up on shop-bought limoncello, we like this Limoncello de Capri, Santa Marta and Pallini Limoncello.

A bottle of homemade limoncello with two glasses on the side

11 ways to use limoncello

Limoncello and thyme collins

Homemade limoncello is livened with gin, soda and thyme in this herby twist on a collins. Fix yourself a glass on a warm summer's day and you're good to go.

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Limoncello baba

Limoncello offers a boozy kick with zingy lemon in this smart Italian dessert. This recipe serves up to eight, perfect for a dinner party. For more Italian puds check out our best Italian dessert recipes.

Limoncello baba with a quenelle of ice cream on a blue plate

Limoncello tart

The combination of perfectly crisp, golden brown pastry and smooth, sharp-yet-sweet lemon curd makes the ultimate tart au citron. We've pepped it with boozy limoncello for an Italian twist.

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Limoncello spritz

Our refreshing limoncello spritz is deceptively easy to make – all you'll need is limoncello, sparkling wine, sparkling water and a little fresh thyme.

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Limoncello meringue pie

Put lemons to great use in this beautiful limoncello-flavoured pie. It's a great way to zest up an afternoon tea, or present to guests at an Italian-inspired dinner. Take a browse through our best lemon desserts for more zesty sweet treats.

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Lemon polenta cake

Make like the Italians with this dense, rich polenta cake, spiked with a boozy limoncello syrup. Find more variations on a traditional polenta cake here.

Lemon polenta cake with limoncello syrup


Limoncello, lemon ice cream and prosecco meet in this sophisticated yet super easy cocktail-cum-dessert. Make it for a refreshing end to a summer get-together.

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Limoncello granita

Golden caster sugar, lemons and limoncello liqueur – homemade granita really is that simple. Try this smart dessert for your next dinner party – you can prepare ahead to make entertaining a breeze.

lemoncello granita

Limoncello syllabub with crushed amaretti

Experiment with limoncello in this speedy syllabub topped with crushed amaretti biscuits. This recipe makes up to six, so it's great for a summer party.


Limoncello negroni

Just when you thought you saw it all… limoncello makes a surprisingly good addition to a negroni in place of vermouth, served over ice with a lemon twist.

A graphic design image of a limoncello negroni


The lively Australian cocktail

This refreshing aperitif comes bursting with citrus and floral notes, pairing zesty limoncello with a semi-dry white vermouth for a real kick. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and basil leaf and enjoy!

Glass of 'The Lively Australian' cocktail with basil garnish and bottle of vermouth in the background

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