Get a taste of summer with our take on this classic Italian cocktail that uses sweet Limoncello as a substitute in the classic spritz.
We drink a lot of Limoncello whenever we’re in Italy. It’s the perfect digestif to have after a big meal. And it’s sweet enough to replace dessert. Well, if it’s good enough for dessert, then it’s obviously good enough for cocktails too!
This recipe uses Limoncello liquer as a replacement for the more bitter Aperol, to make a twist on the classic Spritz. It’s just 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Limoncello, and one part soda water (or tonic, if you don’t have soda water).
Want to try the classic version? Here’s the recipe. This recipe is so easy to remember, and even easier to put together. Just grab a shot glass or a cocktail jigger and measure out the parts. Then serve the cocktail with ice and a slice of lemon.
You can see, I like to add basil as my garnish, but this limoncello spritz goes well with any herb you choose to garnish with. Try rosemary, thyme, or mint as alternatives.
We use a brand of Limoncello called Piemme that we bring back from Italy, but if you’re looking for a bottle at home, try this PepeCello, which is from the same area in Sorrento.
» If you like peaches, we also suggest this great summer cocktail – Peach Mezcal Margarita
This recipe makes just one limoncello spritz, so be sure to double the quantity for two! If you make this cocktail, we’d love to hear how you like it in the comments!
Tools Needed to Make Limoncello Spritz at Home
There’s not much you need to make a spritz. Below are some of our favorite tools we use in this recipe.
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- 3 oz Prosecco chilled
- 2 oz Limoncello
- 1 oz club soda
- Measure out the correct amounts of the three ingredients. Pour over ice in a tall wine glass. Give it a quick stir. Garnish with your herb of choice. Drink and enjoy!