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Refresh Your Summer with This Zesty Lemon Twist Vodka Cocktail Recipe

Refresh Your Summer with This Zesty Lemon Twist Vodka Cocktail Recipe

Are you craving a delicious lemon cocktail? This recipe has quickly become one of our favorites. What I love about it is the use of limoncello.

We made a large batch of homemade limoncello several years ago, but now I’ve been seeing it in stores, which makes everything so much easier.

I truly believe this is the perfect summer cocktail. It’s delicious, and I hope you give it a try.

A close-up of a martini glass filled with a lemon drop martini.

Why You Will Love This Recipe:

  • Simplicity: You can add all the ingredients in one go, then shake, strain, and serve.
  • Easy to Garnish: To garnish it, simply rim the glass with sugar and add a lemon slice on top or on the rim. And I would like to add that you don’t have to garnish it. It is delicious either way.
  • Perfect Flavor Profile: This recipe offers a perfect balance of sweet and sour. It isn’t too much in either direction.

Garnishing Tip:

For an elegant and visually appealing garnish, use fresh lemon slices. Here’s how you can make the most out of your lemon garnish:

Tip: Twist and Balance – Cut a thin lemon slice and make a small slit from the center to one edge. Twist the slice slightly and place it on the rim of the glass. This not only adds a decorative touch but also allows the lemon’s essential oils to be released into the drink, enhancing the citrus aroma with every sip.

Make This for a Group:

You can easily multiply this recipe to make a pitcher in advance. The key is not to add ice until you’re ready to serve. Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher and stir before placing it in the fridge. When ready to serve, pour the mixture into a shaker filled with ice, then shake, strain, and serve.

If you’re preparing beforehand, pre-slice the lemons and prep the sugar rims on your cocktail glasses in advance.

A classic lemon drop cocktail recipe with a twist.

Serving Suggestions:

This Lemon Twist Vodka Cocktail pairs beautifully with light, flavorful appetizers. Here are some serving suggestions to elevate your cocktail experience:

  1. Herb Shrimp Skewers: The cocktail’s bright, zesty flavor complements the shrimp skewers’ fresh, herby taste. Check out our recipe for Lemon Herb Shrimp Skewers.
  2. Cheese and Fruit Platter: This is a simple yet elegant choice. Serve a variety of cheeses, such as brie, goat cheese, and sharp cheddar, along with fresh fruits, such as grapes, berries, and apple slices. This combination offers a delightful balance of flavors that enhances the cocktail’s citrus notes.
  3. Greek Salad Skewers: The refreshing combination of tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and feta on a skewer makes a great pairing with the cocktail. Find our Greek Salad Skewers recipe for a Mediterranean touch.
  4. Mini Caprese Skewers: The classic combination of fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and basil drizzled with balsamic glaze pairs wonderfully with the cocktail. Try our Mini Caprese Skewers recipe for an easy and tasty appetizer.
  5. Spiced Walnuts: For a quick and crunchy snack, serve a bowl of spiced walnuts. The heat from the spices will contrast nicely with the cocktail’s cool and refreshing flavors. You can find a great recipe for Spiced Walnuts on our blog.

These appetizers complement the flavors of the Lemon Twist Vodka Cocktail and add variety and sophistication to your gathering. Enjoy your cocktail hour with these delightful pairings!

Lemon Twist Vodka Cocktail

Lemon Twist Vodka Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A refreshing and citrusy vodka cocktail with a hint of sweetness, perfect for any occasion.


  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Orange Liqueur
  • 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1/4 oz Limoncello
  • Sugar
  • Lemon Twist


  1. Prepare the Glass: Rim a chilled martini or cocktail glass with sugar. Set it aside.
  2. Combine Ingredients: In a shaker, add vodka, orange liqueur, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and limoncello.
  3. Shake: Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously until the mixture is well chilled.
  4. Strain: Strain the cocktail into the prepared glass.
  5. Garnish: Twist a strip of lemon peel over the drink to release its oils, then drop it into the glass as a garnish.


For an extra touch, chill the glass in the freezer for a few minutes before preparing the cocktail. You can also substitute the orange liqueur with triple sec or Cointreau if desired.

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