Homemade Margarita Recipe with Limoncello

An overhead view of a glass of limoncello margarita cocktail sitting on a silver tray with black and white napkins. Another margarita glass sits next to it. Both have black and white striped straws sticking up. Lemons and fresh mint sit next to the glasses.

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The Limoncello takes this margarita to a whole new level. Delightfully refreshing and definitely lemony. Be careful though, there is a lot of alcohol in this little power-packed drink.



Homemade Limoncello

  • 15-20 Organic Lemons
  • 750 Liter of Good Vodka, at least 80 proof
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups sugar

Citrus Sugar or Salt for Rim

  • 1 cup coarse Sugar
  • Zest of 2 Lemons or Zest of 3 Limes

Limoncello Margaritas

  • 4 oz Limoncello (homemade or store bought)
  • 4 oz Silver Tequila
  • 4 oz Triple Sec
  • 4 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup Frozen Limeade Concentrate
  • Citrus Salt or Sugar for the Rim
  • Sliced Lemons and mint for Garnish (optional)


Homemade Limoncello

  • Using a vegetable peeler, peel 15-20 lemons making sure to remove all the pith with a sharp knife.
  • Add lemon peels and 750 ml vodka to an airtight glass jar. Cover and let sit in a cool, dark place for 4 weeks.
  • Once the vodka has set and been infused, bring 3 cups of water and 3 cups of sugar to boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat and cook for 6-8 minutes until the mixture thickens.
  • Let the simple syrup cool completely. Let it sit overnight at room temperature.
  • Strain the lemon peels through a mesh sieve. Discard the peels and keep only the lemon infused vodka.
  • Combine the vodka and the simple syrup mixture in an airtight glass container. Stir well and store in the freezer.

Citrus Sugar or Salt for Rim

  • Combine one cup of coarse sugar with the zest of either 2 lemons or 3 limes.

Limoncello Margaritas

  • In a medium-size pitcher, combine 4 ounces each of limoncello, silver tequila, triple sec, and fresh squeezed lemon juice, and 1/2 cup frozen limeade. Stir and chill until ready to serve.
  • Set out 2 saucers: pour 1/4-inch deep water into one and pour citrus sugar or salt into the other saucer (enough to rim the glasses). Additional citrus sugar/salt can be stored in an airtight container for one week.
  • Dip the rim of 4 margarita glasses in the saucer of water and shake the excess off. Dip the rims into the citrus sugar or salt.
  • Add crushed ice to each glasses. Pour in the Margarita mixture.
  • Optional: Place small sprigs of mint leaves in the middle of four sliced lemons. Lay the lemons on top of each margarita glass for a garnishment.



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