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A limoncello champagne cocktail on the counter next to garnishes and cut lemons.

Limoncello Champagne Cocktail Recipe

Simple to make, limoncello cocktails come in many forms. This one calls for limoncello, Champagne, and fresh-squeezed lemon juice. Stir in a bit of vodka or gin for a more potent drink. Basil is a beautiful, herbal, aromatic garnish, but use your favorite berries or herbs you have on hand. 

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Limoncello Champagne Cocktail 1x


  • 1 jigger or 1.5 ounces of Limoncello, chilled
  • 1 jigger or 1.5 ounces of gin or vodka, optional
  • ½ of a lemon, for squeezing
  • Champagne or sparkling wine, for topping off
  • Lemon peel, maraschino cherries, fresh berries and/or fresh basil, mint, or sage leaves, for garnish


  1. Measure the limoncello (or don't). Measure chilled limoncello and any liquor into a champagne coupe, flute, or wine glass. If the spirits aren’t cold, you can shake them in a cocktail shaker with ice until it frosts over.
  2. Squeeze in fresh lemon juice. After scraping out the seeds, squeeze the juice of half a small lemon into the glass. If you’re making multiple drinks it can be easier to juice several lemons with a strainer set over a measuring cup. Then measure a couple of tablespoons into each glass.
  3. Top with Champagne. Pour your Champagne or sparkling wine in the glass until you almost reach the top (be careful, the bubbles are known to keep growing long after you stop pouring).
  4. Garnish. Garnish with a lemon peel, fresh herb leaves such as mint, sage or rosemary, berries, or maraschino cherries.


Sommelier's Tip

  • Shake the limoncello and liquor in a cocktail shaker. If you keep your bottle of limoncello in the freezer (like the Italians), it's of course plenty cold. But if it's not cold, and especially if you are adding a liquor like gin or vodka, I recommend shaking the two with the lemon juice in a shaker tin with ice until it frosts over. Then strain into the flute or glass and top with Champagne. 
  • Author: Christina
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: None
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Mixology
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • Serving Size: 1 Limoncello Champagne Cocktail
  • Calories: 376
  • Sugar: 19.5 g
  • Sodium: 3 mg
  • Fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.6 g
  • Protein: 0.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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