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Happy Hour: Limoncello Collins

A little while back, we received a bottle of Limoncé, Italy's "Number One Selling Limoncello." We planned on trying it straight, but when I stumbled across a recipe for a Limoncello Collins, I knew we had to try that instead. The original recipe asks you to make a large batch in a pitcher, unfortunately we didn't have a one at the Sugar HQ and we whipped up individual drinks instead. However, I wished we had used a pitcher; it was difficult to get the ratio just right and tedious to mix up several — sort of like lemonade, you might as well make one big batch. Yet the result was a delicious, not to mention deceptively naughty, drink. If you're mixing these up for friends, have extra bubbly water (or lemon/lime soda) on hand. Half the folks thought it was too strong, while the other half thought the mix of Limoncé mixed and Bluecoat gin was just right.

To get the recipe for the refreshing take on an old classic,


Limoncello Collins

Limoncello Collins

Limoncello Collins


16 ounces limoncello
12 ounces gin
8 ounces fresh lemon juice
24 paper thin lemon slices
16 ounces chilled club soda*
8 mint sprigs

*We substituted sparkling water for club soda. You could also substitute with lemon/lime soda.


  1. In a pitcher, combine the limoncello, gin, and lemon juice.
  2. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours.
  3. Press 3 thin lemon slices against the inside of each of 8 collins glasses.
  4. Add ice to the glasses.
  5. Stir the limoncello mixture and pour it into the glasses.
  6. Stir 2 ounces of club soda into each drink and garnish with a mint sprig.
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aurora420 aurora420 7 years
That is a "work project" I could get into!
SweetnLow SweetnLow 7 years
I <3 Limoncello!! I'm always on the lookout for recipes with it. Thanks for this!
SweetnLow SweetnLow 7 years
I <3 Limoncello!! I'm always on the lookout for recipes with it. Thanks for this!
MsMO MsMO 7 years
Thank you for these recipes using limoncello, now if only I can find it to buy.
Cocoangel Cocoangel 7 years
I can't wait to try this on the weekend. Love lemon drinks and I've been hearing about Limoncello ever since Danny Devito had a little too much before his visit to The View.
partysugar partysugar 7 years
sonnabobble: I'm not much of a gin drinker either, but this was exceptional! Really light and refreshing.
sonnabobble sonnabobble 7 years
no gin for me, thanks!
sonnabobble sonnabobble 7 years
no gin for me, thanks!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
I think it's time the sugarzars set you up with a full bar so you can do true sample tastings.
radarkitty radarkitty 7 years
You guys have the best job in the whole wide world! :jealous:
nancita nancita 7 years
This was delicious. I thought it was a bit too strong on the first sip, but by the second or third, the flavor had mellowed out but the kick stayed fierce. I loved the slight fizziness with the tart flavor. Not too sweet or too sour.
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