Limoncello & Tonic

Marisa Chafetz / Supercall

Forget the gin; instead, add some limoncello to your tonic. This tangy, subtly bitter, lemon-luscious cocktail is the quintessential Italian Highball—especially during the warmer months. It comes garnished with a sprig of fresh rosemary for flavor and aromatics, along with a somewhat unexpected buttery Castelvetrano olive. Don’t knock it until you try it; in Spain, vermouth is often served garnished with an olive, which plays beautifully off of the sweet, botanical flavors of the aromatized wine. Here, the olive gives the somewhat sweet cocktail a savory edge—and it also makes for a perfect snack. In fact, you should probably make sure you have a bowlful of olives nearby, just in case the one in your glass isn’t enough. And, for that matter, you should also make sure to have extra limoncello and tonic ready to go—because just one of these easy-to-make cocktails certainly won’t be enough. To really take your cocktail over the edge, try making your own limoncello at home. It’s easy to do and, if you make enough, you’ll have fantastic homemade gifts ready to go whenever you need. Copy this recipe onto a pretty tag, tie it to a bottle of homemade limoncello along with a sprig of rosemary, and bask in the glow of being the best gift giver ever.

Limoncello & Tonic

Dry, Savory


  • 1.5 oz Limoncello
  • Tonic Water
  • Rosemary
  • Castelventrano olive


Step one

Add the limoncello to a goblet filled with cubed ice.

Step two

Stir with a bar spoon to mix.

Step three

Top with tonic water and stir again to incorporate.

Step four

Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary and a Castelvetrano olive on a pick.

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