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Limoncello Dirty Martini

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 4

Hailing from sunny southern Italy, limoncello is made by infusing a neutral spirit with lemon peel and then sweetening it with sugar. In Italy it is served in very small glasses as an aperitif or digestif. Paired with vermouth, it makes a delicious savory cocktail.


  • 4 lemon twists 
  • 4 green olives 
  • 2 fl. oz. limoncello 
  • 8 fl. oz. vodka 
  • 2 fl. oz. extra-dry vermouth 
  • 1 fl. oz. green olive brine 
  • Ice, as needed 


Wrap each lemon twist around an olive and fasten with a toothpick. Chill 4 martini glasses in the freezer until frosted.

In a glass pitcher, combine the limoncello, vodka, vermouth and olive brine. Fill the pitcher one-half to three-fourths full with ice and stir until very cold. Strain into the chilled glasses, garnish each drink with a lemon twist-olive and serve. Makes 4 drinks.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma On the Grill, by Willie Cooper (Oxmoor House, 2009).