Limoncello spritz is a delicious Italian cocktail made with limoncello, prosecco wine, and club soda. Garnish with bright fruits to bring out the wow factor! This is the perfect summer cocktail to entertain guests.
Limoncello spritz is the perfect Italian cocktail made with simple ingredients. This drink falls into the classic Aperol spritz category and is made from Italian lemon liquor (Limoncello), white sparkling wine (prosecco), and club soda. The combination is light, refreshing, and perfect on a hot summer day. When garnished with a slice of lemon, bright fruits, and mint, it is eye-pleasing and mouthwatering.
Make this simple cocktail for one, or If you are entertaining guests, make a big batch and serve it in a large pitcher. Serve in a wine glass or large glass filled with fresh fruits. Mix it up and use this orange liqueur recipe instead of Limoncello!
This drink pairs well with pineapple and mango salsa. Or, if you are having a party and want to add more fun, try this Black Grape Sorbet. Not only does it have a refreshing pop of basil, but it also has vodka!
What Is Limoncello?
Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur from southern Italy on the Amalfi coast made from lemon peels, sugar, and vodka. Limoncello is traditionally served chilled as an after-dinner drink to aid in digestion.
The liquor content is around 30%. However, the percentage can vary by manufacture or if it is homemade.
Traditionally, limoncello is made from the zest of St. Teresa lemons, also known as Sorrento lemons. Lemon zest is soaked in neutral alcohol like vodka until the oil is released, usually about two weeks. The liquor is then mixed with sugar or simple syrup. While Limoncello can easily be made at home, a bottle is easily found at most liquor stores.
What Is A Spritz?
Traditionally, a spritz is a cocktail made with a bitter liqueur, prosecco, and a splash of sparkling water. In modern adoptions, a spritz is considered a light and refreshing cocktail perfect for a summer party.
Ingredients and Equipment
- Prep: Place 3- 4 ice cubes or equivalent in a glass.
- Instructions: Add 3 ounces of Prosecco, 2 ounces of limoncello, and 1 ounce of club soda or Sprite. If you do not have a way to measure ounces, use the 3:2:1 ratio when using a different unit of measurement. Stir the ingredients.
- Mix and Garnish: Pour the spritz over the ice cubes and top with desired garnishes.
Variations and Alternatives
- Prosecco Alternatives – Instead of prosecco, use champagne, sparkling wine, or white wine. Ginger beer or ginger ale is another popular option; although I have not tried either, they sound delicious.
- Limoncello Sorbet Spritz – In a glass, pour limoncello (2oz), soda water (2oz), a scoup of lemon sorbet. Pour processco (4oz) or a procescco alternative on top.
- Mocktail or Virgin Spritz – If making a mocktail, substitute with an alcohol-free or homemade version. Please note that fresh lemon juice can be added for a twist but is not a mocktail substitution.
Limoncello has a high percentage of alcohol and is unlikely to sour. However, it will lose its lemon flavor over time. Once opened, store at room temperature for one week or in the refrigerator for up to three months.
- 1 glass
- 1 cocktail jigger or other measurement tool
- 3 ounces Prosecco
- 2 ounces Limoncello
- 1 ounce Club Soda
- Prep: Place 3- 4 ice cubes, or equivalent in a glass.
- Mix: Add 3 ounces of Prosecco, 2 ounces of limoncello, and 1 ounce of club soda or Sprite. If you do not have a way to measure ounces, use the 3:2:1 ratio when using a different unit of measurement. Stir the ingredients. Pour the drink over the ice cubes3 ounces Prosecco, 2 ounces Limoncello, 1 ounce Club Soda
- Garnish: Garnish as desired. (See post or notes for suggestions.)
- This cocktail is made using a 3:2:1 ratio. 3 parts prosecco, 2 parts Limoncello, and 1 part club soda. Use this formula if making several drinks or a pitcher.
- Garnish suggestions include: Basil, mint, thyme, raspberries, blackberries,