Lemoncello Cocktail

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By Nancy Buchanan



by Nancy Buchanan on December 23, 2011

“Welcome Christmas, bring your cheer. Cheer to all Whos far and near.

Christmas Day is in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp.

Christmas day will always be just as long as we have we.

Welcome Christmas while we stand, heart to heart and hand in hand.

Dr. Seuss, The Grinch

I wish each of you a truly joyous holiday and  thank you for joining me here at A Communal Table!

So, cheers to all… and to all a Good NIght!

Lemoncello Cocktail

Prep Time: 10 minutes

10 minutes

Yield: 8 Servings

Serving Size: approximately 4 oz.

Adapted from Cooking Light


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 - 3 drops yellow food coloring
  • 8 - 3 x 1/2 inch lemon rind strips
  • 1/2 cup Lemoncello liqueur
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 (750 mL) bottle of dry sparkling wine, chilled


  1. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and food coloring.Stir with a spoon until the sugar is even colored. Pour into a shallow dish.
  2. To make lemon rind spirals, remove pith from the lemon rind. Using a skewer, wind the lemon rind tightly around the skewer and slide off. Set aside.
  3. Rub the rim of each glass with a cut lemon. Roll rims in the colored sugar and set aside.
  4. Just before serving, pour 1 Tbsp. of lemoncello into each of 8 glasses. Add 1 tsp. of fresh lemon juice. Fill glass with sparking wine and garnish with a lemon spiral.
  5. Cheers!


For this cocktail you don't need to use an expensive sparkling wine, just make sure that it is on the dry side!! This is very refreshing and goes beautifully with any appetizer, especially seafood based ones!

 Lemoncello Cocktail


{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Lucy Lean December 23, 2011 at 11:00 am

Love to you and your family this Christmas – and thanks for the toast! Cheers!


Valentina December 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm

love this post! beautiful and I love the Dr. Seuss holiday wishes! :-)


Marla December 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I have never had one of these cocktails but this looks like the perfect place to start! Happy Holidays to you and your family Nancy! xo


Lisa December 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Love Limoncello, made a great curd with it once. Your cocktail is beautiful – love the lemon rind strips on the glasses.! A refreshing, citrus buzz :)


Barbara | Creative Culinary December 23, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Lovely Limoncello…I’m hoping to get a batch of Meyer Lemons from some friends soon…and make my own and then next? This cocktail!


Nancy January 2, 2012 at 8:53 am

I think there may be Limoncello in the gift baskets for 2012 Barb!!


the urban baker December 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Wowza! That is one very attractive cocktail, Nancy. I would love bring in the new year with one of those and toast to you! You are a terrific lady, Nancy, and I hope for only wonderful and positive goodness in the new year! xx


Nancy January 2, 2012 at 8:52 am

Happy New Year to you too Susan – and back at you!! We definitely have to get together soon and toast 2012!!!


Sippitysup December 24, 2011 at 6:07 am

Very festive. Merry Cristmas to you. GREG


Priscilla - She's Cookin' December 26, 2011 at 9:36 am

Cheers to you and The Grinch! I’m tempted to make some homemade lemoncello with the meyer lemons my neighbor gifted me. Merry Christmas to you and your family!


Bailey December 26, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I love those glasses! Where did you get them? I got a similar set for Christmas, but they were a little smaller than I expected.


Nancy January 2, 2012 at 8:52 am

Hi Bailey!
Sorry I didn’t respond sooner – got caught up in all the end of year festivities!! I got the glasses at one of my favorite stores – Crate and Barrel – here’s a link to the glass!
Hope you can find them!!


aida mollenkamp December 27, 2011 at 11:12 am

I too love using Limoncello in bubbly cocktails: http://bit.ly/tFQq0M! This one looks so refreshing.


Magic of Spice December 27, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I’ll take 2 or 3 maybe :)


beti January 3, 2012 at 10:41 pm

it sounds so great!


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