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Here’s the best limoncello cocktail: a Mojito! The lemon liqueur makes a incredibly refreshing drink paired with rum and fresh mint.

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Got limoncello? This ultra-strong lemon liqueur is often drunk as shots at the end of a meal. But ever tried it as a limoncello cocktail? This Limoncello Mojito is a way to make a uniquely refreshing drink with this famous citrus liqueur! Make it into this classic Cuban cocktail: its bright lemon flavor pairs perfectly with fresh mint and white rum. The limoncello adds a pure lemon flavor that’s impossible to get from lemon juice alone. Add ice and bubbles, and you’ve got a drink you won’t be able to stop sipping.

What’s in this limoncello cocktail?

This limoncello cocktail is a play on a Mojito, a classic cocktail that originates from Havana, Cuba! The origins of this drink are cloudy: some say it was invented in the 1500’s, others claim the 1800’s with the birth of the Bacardi rum company. Its place as an iconic cocktail was solidified by the 1930’s when Ernest Hemingway helped to popularize it.

The Mojito makes the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails, meaning that it has a an official definition. This limoncello spin simply adds in the Italian liqueur. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

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What’s limoncello?

Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur that tastes like biting into an actual lemon! It’s the second most popular liqueur in Italy after Campari. You can get it everywhere in Italy, and it’s customary to drink a shot after a big Italian meal. Limoncello has become very popular in the US, so you should be able to find it easily at your local liquor store.

In all honesty, limoncello is so strong straight up that I usually pass it up. But mixed into this lemoncello cocktail, it’s absolutely brilliant!


Cocktail skill: how to muddle mint!

The main skill you need to know to make this limoncello cocktail is how to muddle. What’s muddling? Muddling is gently mashing herbs or fruits to release their juices. This helps the flavors incorporate better than if you just threw a mint sprig right into the drink. Here are a few things to note when you muddle mint:

  • Do it right in the cocktail shaker. Place the mint leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. If you don’t have one, you can use a large metal cup or bowl.
  • Gently mash the mint! Using a wooden cocktail muddler or unfinished wooden spoon, gently mash the mint a few times to release the juices. Do not mash the mint with a lot of force! The key is using a light touch.

Variations: Muddle raspberries with the mint for a Raspberry Mojito, or strawberries for a Strawberry Mojito, or peach slices for a Peach Mojito. Or try a Mojito Pitcher that makes 8 servings!

A few more tips for a Mojito

Here are a few last tips on how to make a killer limoncello mojito!

  • Use a hurricane glass if you have one: it’s a nice shape for serving for a Mojito. But a highball glass works too!
  • Add a mint sprig. It’s just more fun to drink with a big sprig of mint!
  • Serve with clear ice for a stunning drink. Clear ice is crystal clear artisan ice that you can make in your home freezer. It makes drinks look like professional cocktails you’ll get at a fancy bar. Go to How to Make Clear Ice.
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More limoncello cocktails

Want to keep using your limoncello in cocktails? Here are a few other ideas:

When to serve this lemoncello Mojito cocktail

This limoncello cocktail is tangy and refreshing: ideal for summer or parties! Try it as a:

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Limoncello cocktail

Limoncello Mojito (Best Limoncello Cocktail)

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Here’s the best limoncello cocktail: a Mojito! The lemon liqueur makes a incredibly refreshing drink paired with rum and fresh mint.


  • 3 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lime juice
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) simple syrup
  • 1 ounces (2 tablespoons) limoncello
  • 1 ounces (2 tablespoons) white rum
  • 4 ounces (½ cup) soda water
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice!)


  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves with the lime juice and syrup. (Here’s how to muddle mint.)
  2. Add the limoncello and rum and fill the cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cold.
  3. Fill a hurricane or highball glass with ice, then strain in the liquid. Top off the glass with soda water. Garnish with additional mint leaves.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

More lemon cocktails

There are so many great drinks starring bright and beautiful lemons! Here are some favorite lemon cocktails:

  • Lemon Drop Martini Made simply with vodka, Cointreau and lemon! It’s festive and refreshing, with a lemon twist and sugar rim.
  • Bourbon Lemonade Make fresh squeezed lemonade and swirl it with whiskey for a spicy finish.
  • Best Whiskey Sour Perfectly balanced and so easy to make: whiskey, lemon and simple syurp. A family favorite!
  • Gin Fizz Cocktail Try a refreshing Gin Fizz: it’s sweet, tangy, and has a frothy egg white foam topping!

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Debra M Clemence-Roman says:

    This drink is excellent. Perfect for the summer, but I really enjoy it all year round!!