Inventive, original gin cocktail recipe: Ginicello

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My Ginicello cocktail was invented on a steamy summer’s night when, after a few cocktails, I was torn between a Margarita or a cool Gin & Tonic. To further complicate matters, neither one was winning my mental tug-of-war. So I took a good look at the liquor cabinet and the combination of Gin, Limoncello, with a hint of Campari (or other quality bitters liqueur) seemed to satisfy all of my cravings. This cocktail has remained a favorite. Enjoy!


2 oz. London Dry Gin
1 oz. Limoncello
1/4 oz. Campari (or other bitters aperitif)
Juice of half a lime
Lemon twist for garnish


In a shaker, combine gin, Limoncello, lime juice, and ice. Shake well. In a Martini glass, add the Campari. Swirl to coat the entire interior of the glass and pour out any excess. Strain the cocktail from the shaker into the glass and garnish with a lemon twist. Optionally, you can swirl a bit of Campari on top for color and added tartness.

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