limoncello cocktail garnished and sitting on a board surrounded by other charred citrus

Your New Favorite Limoncello Cocktail. The Charred Limoncello Fizz.

A squeeze of lemon can fix just about anything. And this limoncello cocktail is no exception. Bright and bubbly with a subtle syrupy, smokey surprise. A surprise that’s optional but WORTH IT if you’re feeling fancy. Introducing… Charred Lemon Slices. It makes a great drink a BOMB drink. A go-to cocktail all year long.

I’ve provided 2 versions of this drink. One that’s super sweet, thick and creamy in texture. And one that hints at sugar and dances on the tongue. Both are fab in their own way… it depends on your palate and mood 🙂

What Exactly is Limoncello

A digestif. Which is an alcoholic beverage meant to aid in digestion after a large meal. The world of digestifs is massive and span everything from fortified wine to herbal liquors to brandy. Any cocktail that contains a digestive, such as this limoncello cocktail, is still considered a digestive- even though other ingredients are added in. For a comprehensive and fascinating breakdown of digestifs you’re going to want to pop on over to this article by The Spruce Eats. I thought I knew a thing or two until I read this baby!

Charred Limoncello Fizz

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Susanna Grace Course: DrinksCuisine: Italian InspiredDifficulty: Easy


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Sweet. Slightly tart. Bubbly and bright. Perfect for 1 or a crowd of 10!


  • 2 oz 2 Limoncello

  • 2-8 oz 2-8 Mineral or Sparkling water (such as Topo Chico) see Info at Bottom

  • 1 1 Charred lemon slice

  • Optional Spring of mint or thyme or rosemary


  • All of the work for this fizz is in the prep! Make sure your limoncello is in the freezer and ice cold. Your mineral/sparkling water should be chilling too.
  • Char your lemon slices (see below!) and allow to cool. Grab whatever herb(s) you want to use as garnish. If you plan to serve over ice, all this chilling in advance can be skipped!
  • Once your prep is completed, you will simply assemble. Pour limoncello over the charred slice and top with desired ounces of mineral/sparkling water (see below!). Garnish with herb.
  • Cheers! Sending you all the lemony feels!


  • 30 minutes for a cocktail? ALL of that time is from charring the lemon slices and allowing them to cool. These slices can be made in advance OR you can simply skip this part if it’s too much fuss for a fizz. Do I think it’s worth it? Heck ya. Because I use the left over slices in other drinks or in cooking, and the final experience is totally worth it. Especially sine all the “time” is hands off in a toaster!
  • Easily scale this recipe for 2, 5 or 10! Since I’m mostly solo in this stage in life, I went with 1 serving size. Sometimes you just want one drink, not a pitcher.
  • This drink is meant to be served ice cold, but without ice. So it is crucial to have all items chilled, including your glass. I recommend storing limoncello in the freezer until use. That said. On a day that’s hitting 100F, I’m probably going to serve this over some crushed ice!
  • For maximum char flavor, place a cooled slice into your glass in advance. Let that flavor coat the inside, whether you’ve got your glass on the counter or in the fridge to chill. This one step makes a big difference in overall taste!
  • Any leftover charred lemons can be saved in an airtight container. Refrigerated for future use, or juice and freeze for later.
  • The more mineral or sparkling water or club soda you add, the less sweet this cocktail will be. If you are looking for a thicker, luxurious feel that’s bright and sweet? Add 2oz of mineral/sparkling water to your 2oz of limoncello. Wanting something summery and refreshing, with a hint of sweet and a punch of lemon? Add 8oz of mineral/sparkling water to your 2oz of limoncello. 
  • Please note the nutritional information below was calculated using a calculator designed by: Verywell Fit. This information is accurate to the best of my knowledge, but should not be taken as medical advice 🙂 

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Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat .1g 1%
    • Sodium 1mg 1%
    • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
    • Potassium 40mg 2%
    • Total Carbohydrate 24.2g 9%
      • Dietary Fiber .8g 4%
      • Sugars 22g
    • Protein .3g 1%
    • Calcium 1%
    • Iron 1%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

    Italy in a Glass

    Limoncello IS Italy in a glass. More specifically, Southern Italy. I’m not sure anyone would argue that. Steeped in tradition that spans centuries, most Italians opt to make their own limoncello at home or purchase from a local shop. Family recipes are prized treasures and everyone knows that where you get your lemons matters. Quality certainly matters for a liquor that contains only 4 ingredients: lemon peel, grain alcohol, sugar, and water.

    Today, Italian lemons grown in Capri or on the Amalfi Coast are the gold standard. Or should I say- the lemon standard. *insert chuckle* The thicker the peel the stronger the lemon in the limoncello, the more lemony the limoncello cocktail.

    It is understood that thicker peels contain more natural oils which grain alcohol then extracts during a 40+ day soak. Sure there are recipes that call for a week soak, and those are fine, although not great. Because the longer the lemon peel and grain alcohol sit the sweeter and smoother it gets.

    It is important to note that the lemon peels are first stripped of all white pith, which eliminates bitterness from the finished product- ensuring a smooth and extremely potent sip. Another tidbit. Color and opacity of this beverage varies greatly depending on the ratio of sugar, type of water, type of lemon, whether or not pulp was used and so on.

    On My Wish List!
    Limoncello Set: Bottle with Stopper+Tray+6 Shot Glasses Limoncello Set: Bottle with Stopper+Tray+6 Shot Glasses

    This reminds me of my Tuscan study abroad back in '09. A country, a people, a lifestyle that forever stole my heart. The trip that jump started my passion for food, drink, and a deeper sense of community. Adding this set to my collection would be a dream. I already make my own limoncello every winter! Handcrafted and Hand-painted in Italy.

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    Purchasing Limoncello

    In the USofA a handful of states still have restrictions about shipping in or shipping out liquor. Totally political, about money, and absolutely ridiculous. Alas. I’ll spare you that rant. However, when you head to your local liquor store (or shop it online for local delivery/shipping) you can rest assured there will a selection of limoncello to select from. You can expect prices to range from $20-$35 per bottle. And since it’s a mixer and/or sipper, a bottle will last a hot minute. Unless it’s the only liquor you have, or if you’re poppin it at a party.

    Two of the more common limoncellos available in person at your local liquor store:

    Luxardo Limoncello bottled

    Luxardo Limoncello

    This limoncello has candied, almost syrupy taste and texture. The lemony flavor boarders on zesty, with a hint of herbal. As a result, I prefer this as a mixer and not a sipper. Not only is this brand typically available at your local shop, but it’s also under $30 and makes a bomb spritz.

    II Tramonto Limoncello bottled

    II Tramonto Limoncello

    This one’s bold. Comin in strong with all the lemon peely vibes. Smooth and pungent…think sherbet. Due to its general availability with a price point usually under $20, this one makes for another great mixer.

    I’ve actually had both limoncellos listed above, because, well- they were what was available at my liquor store. BUT. Should you live in a state with laws that allows you to order booze online make sure to check out these recs. Let’s face it. Limoncello will always hit different IN ITALY. We’re just gonna work with what we can work with!

    **Please note: Limoncello should NOT taste like windex or rubbing alcohol. If it does. You got robbed of an amazing experience by purchasing a terrible bottle.

    Just in case you don’t have a coupe… I’ve solved that problem for you below.

    Libbey Capone Speakeasy Coupe Cocktail Glasses, Set of 4 Libbey Capone Speakeasy Coupe Cocktail Glasses, Set of 4
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    How To Char a Lemon

    This will apply to any of the citrus family. But first, why? Short answer: charring citrus reduces bitterness, increases sweetness, and concentrates flavor. There’s also an added element of subtle smokiness. This process isn’t really even a process… some slicing and high heat and you’re in for a treat 🙂

    While I’ve chosen to pair charred lemon slices with my limoncello cocktail, I went ahead and charred some limes and mandarins for the fridge. Which means I can easily add that bit of EXTRA to any pasta, fish, or salad dishes this week. I haven’t experimented with freezing these guys yet, and will be sure to report back once I have an update.

    Charred citrus would be the perfect way to UP my Easy One Pot Pasta with Cannellini and Kale or my Spicy Mushroom Fajitas… and just imagine how these Margaritas would taste with charred lime. Since charred citrus is the showstopper I promise it is, I’m including my favorite mineral water for you to check out below. It’s what I used to sparkle up my fizz in the recipe above! My absolute favorite brand.

    Topo Chico Mineral Water, 20oz 8PK Topo Chico Mineral Water, 20oz 8PK
    10,99 €

    THIS over any other mixer. Light and bright and refreshing mineral water like you've never had before. I normally snag the glass bottles, but prefer plastic when shipping larger quantities. If you plan on making sparkling anything... this is the mineral water you NEED in your life. I've never looked back. If you're into glass like me, check your local grocery or click on through and select the glass option instead!

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    Turn oven/toaster oven to Boil or 500f or 260c.

    Take 1 (or more) lemon and slice into thick rounds if using as a garnish. If you are just wanting charred lemon juice, you can cut the citrus in half.

    Place on a baking sheet and put on the top rack closest to the heating element. This process will take between 10-15 minutes, so stay in the general area to check on. The liquid released from the citrus will cause the slice to stick to the pan if you don’t use a light spray of oil. I don’t mind a bit of stick and a good scrub when I’m charring for a cocktail. Mainly because I don’t want oil in my cocktail. However, if I was charring for actual food I would definitely do a quick wipe of oil before broiling.

    Once removed from the oven, let them cool before handling. Hot liquid means burnt fingers, so don’t touch.

    Now that they’re cooled all that’s left is using! Which the above recipe hooks you up with.

    Enjoy that EXTRA in your glass and all the fancy feels it brings with it!

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    1. Kellie Martin

      I’ve been looking for a good limoncello recipe! I’m so excited to try this!

    2. Samantha Denefe

      Um Lemonchello! Heck yeah. I’ve wanted to try to make this since I went to Italy and college. So glad to have a trustworthy recipe to follow!

      • Susanna Grace

        YESSSSS. Italy is where I first fell in love with all things limoncello too girl!! This is such a fun summertime sipper 🙂 And beyond honored you find my recipes trustworthy. Tear!

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