Italian cocktails’ top 5: which are they and how to make them

Cocktails have been a popular drinking choice since the middle of the 21st century. In recent years there has been an abundance of ready-mixed cocktails sold in cans: these can be an effective way to sample new cocktails, but it’s hard to beat freshly made Italian cocktails.

The good news is that you don’t need to be in Italy to enjoy these stunning cocktails, you simply need to know what’s in each one and spend some time experimenting at home.

What are classic Italian drinks

The Italians are passionate about many things and have created some of the finest food and drink in the world. 

The truth is, Italians have a drink for every occasion, whether it’s a sparkling wine cocktail or the desire to enjoy an excellent liqueur at the end of dinner.

Let’s take a look at the top 5 Italian cocktails, mostly of them made with Limoncello. In fact, Italians often rely on simple ingredients, such as using Limonocello to prepare cocktails.

  1. Limoncello Spritz
    This refreshing and light sparkling cocktail is a delight at almost any time of the day. It’s particularly enjoyable late in the afternoon, sitting in the sunshine. As with most classic Italian cocktails, it’s perfect with a light appetizer.

    The Limoncello Spritz has Prosecco, Limoncello and soda water.


  1. Lemon Drop Martini
    The Lemon Drop Martini is also known as the Limoncello Martini. It’s best described as a fun and zesty cocktail which can be enjoyed at parties.
    To make it, you simply need to mix vodka with Limoncello, freshly squeezed lemon juice and soda. You can play with the combination until you find the one that hits the right spot for you.


  1. Little Italy
    The Little Italy cocktail doesn’t use Limoncello. It’s a heavier cocktail best suited for rounding off the evening or perhaps for enjoying after dinner. 
    This cocktail is made with rye whiskey, Rosso vermouth (red martini) and the Italian bitter aperitif Cynar. The drink looks like black tea but tastes fantastic.

  1. Limoncello Mojito
    This is a twist on the classic mojito and one you’ll want to try. Perhaps enjoy one as the sun starts to set and appreciate the beauty of the world around you. 
    The Limoncello Mojito consists of Limoncello, lime juice, white rum, soda water and some fresh mint leaves. Put the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and mix. Pour into your glass over ice and enjoy.

  1. Americano
    This drink has nothing to do with coffee! It’s a classic Italian cocktail which is both bitter and sweet. The Americano is believed to have originated in the middle of the 19th century and has remained popular ever since. 
    To enjoy, you’ll need to blend Campari with sweet vermouth and a little club soda. Pour it into your glass, already full of ice, and add an orange wedge as a garnish. Sip slowly to savor the flavors.

Summing Up

You’ll note many Italian cocktails use Limoncello. It’s not surprising as it’s a traditional drink in many regions of the country, and it also happens to be delicious.

Every cocktail suits a specific situation, although Limoncello cocktails can generally be drunk at any time with anything. After all, the Limoncello cocktail is refreshing and light, providing enjoyment and lightening the mood without leaving you completely intoxicated.

Our recommendation is simple. Whether you want to try cocktails with Italian food, or cocktails with Limoncello, get your ingredients sorted today and enjoy sampling as many different ones as possible. It’s the only way to find your favourite Italian cocktail. Just don’t sample them all at the same time!