Limoncello Lemonade – {Five Ingredient Friday}

Limoncello Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

Limoncello Lemonade

Nothin’ could be finer than to cool off from the sweltering heat, swingin’ on a porch seat, sippin’ lemonade.  Except, maybe, if that lemonade had a little twist.  And I’m not talkin’ a twist of lemon zest, either.  Limoncello Lemonade, it makes the angels sing (at least to my ears).

I’m re-publishing this post because it is the perfect cure for the overnight transition we have had from a cooler than normal spring to blisteringly hot summer. The facts that it is only five ingredients, homemade lemonade, and a cocktail on a Friday make it all the more perfect!

As anyone who knows me will attest, I love a cocktail.  Not too much of a good thing, mind you.  Just a simple little elixir, for medicinal purposes…don’t ya’ know. Lemonade is so great to have when it gets hot out, so I had to come up with a cocktail version…well, just because.  I decided to use a lemon flavored liqueur; I bought some Limoncino, which…can anyone clear up the difference between Limoncello and Limoncino?  Is there one?

Anyway, here’s what I came up with, your five ingredients:

        • Water
        • Sugar
        • Fresh Lemon Juice
        • Mandarin Orange Vodka
        • Limoncello (lemon flavoured liqueur)

I have a pitcher of this beverage waitin’ in the refrigerator right now.  When is cocktail hour?

Oh, and try it!  You’ll like it!


5.0 from 3 reviews
Limoncello Lemonade
Limoncello (Limoncino) Lemonade...this one with a a delightful, refreshing beverage for the adults. Fresh lemon juice and a simple syrup mixed with two flavored alcohols.
Recipe type: Cocktail
  • 2 cups water
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 4 ounces Mandarin Orange vodka (You may use just regular flavored vodka, but I love the element that the mandarin orange flavor adds.)
  • 4 ounces Limoncello (Limoncino), which is a lemon flavored liqueur.
  1. In a sauce pan, add the water and the sugar.
  2. Heat the ingredients until the sugar fully dissolves.
  3. Remove from heat and chill.
  4. Once chilled, pour into a pitcher along with some fresh lemon slices, add the lemon juice, vodka and the lemon liqueur.
  5. Add ice.
  6. Stir.
  7. Serve with a twist of lemon.

The assembled ingredients…minus the sugar and water. I love using this squeezer…even though I have an electric juicer. I don’t know…it makes it seem more old-fashioned.


About P ~ The Saucy Southerner

I started cooking when I was ten years old. For me, the process of cooking, from inception of a dish, to the execution, to the washing of the pots is sheer delight. I am now retired from a business I still own, in partnership with my husband. I used to work six days a week and still cook every night. Now, I'm gardening, still cooking, always having fun and hoping to share my joy with you. Thank you for reading...and commenting! P~
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5 Responses to Limoncello Lemonade – {Five Ingredient Friday}

  1. Katey says:

    Very refreshing! Perfect for a pool party!

  2. Jen says:

    Thanks for the site P~,

    Mmmmm. I wanted a cool, refreshing drink just for me and found your recipe. I’ve been trimming the weeds in the garden, cleaning house and wanted to chill for a spell.

    (Katey, I am going to jump in the pool a little later, after some crabs and beer. I’m in Baltimore, it is the weekend and it IS summer after all.)

    I didn’t have all the ingredients so I improvised:
    Juice 1 lemon
    1 oz Orange liqueur
    1 oz plain vodka
    1 oz Limoncello
    3/4 cup water
    1 cup crushed ice

    The liqueur was enough sweet for me.

    I, too, love to cook and garden. Having beets-n-greens from the ol’ gardo tonight with the crabs! I still work a regular 9-5 but cook every night, as well. Occasionally I call in for Chinese or Vietnamese carry out when I am absolutely beat or have a craving for spring rolls or pho.

    I TOTALLY understand your love for cooking. I learned to cook early in my life from my mom, but I never got that love for doing the dishes…… Good thing I have a “Dish Fairy” (husband) who helps when I need it.

    Best of luck on your blog/website. I will explore more of your recipes.
    I’m giving this recipe 5 stars even if I altered it because I am feeling good!

    • P~ says:

      Thank you so much for your comments, Jen. I am so happy you found the site. You’re a stitch! It sounds like we have a lot in common; I think the two of us would hit it off beautifully! I appreciate your adaptation of the recipe…I’ll definitely give it a shot! P~

  3. Tracy says:

    Oh. My. Gosh!! I just made this and it is WONDERFUL – I love it! Thank you for a great recipe.

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