Limoncello spritz is an Italian cocktail with a bright lemon flavor mixed with the fizz of prosecco. Add Sprite, and this spritz tastes like summer in a glass. Garnish with bright fruits to bring out the wow factor!
I am so excited to share this Limoncello spritz recipe. It is the perfect Italian cocktail made from simple ingredients. This drink falls into the classic Aperol spritz category made from Italian lemon liquor (Limoncello), Italian white sparkling wine (prosecco), and club soda. The combination is light, refreshing, and a perfect drink on a hot summer day. When garnished with a slice of lemon, bright fruits, and mint, it is eye-pleasing and mouthwatering.
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What Is Limoncello?
Limoncello is an Italian liquor from southern Italy on the Amalfi coast made from lemon peels, sugar, and vodka.
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
- Prosecco Wine
- Limoncello Liquor
- Club Soda
- Cocktail Jigger
- Large Wine or Cocktail Glass
Time needed: 5 minutes.
How To Make A Limoncello Spritz Cocktail
Limoncello spritz is an easy recipe following a 3:2:1 drink ratio:
3 parts prosecco, 2 parts limoncello, 1 part club soda.
Use this ratio to make a large batch of cocktails.
Place 3- 4 ice cubes or equivalent in a glass.
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.
- Mix and Garnish
Add ice cubes, stir the ingredients, and top with desired garnishes.
* Garnish suggestions include Lemon slices, bright fruits, fresh mint, and a wow factor. The fruit adds color, and the mint adds sweetness.
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 version, or you can make a homemade version. Please note that fresh lemon juice can be added for a twist but is not a mocktail substitution.
Limoncello Gin Cocktail - If you prefer this drink with gin instead of prosecco, make it in a 1:1:4 ratio. 1 part limoncello, 1 part gin, 4 parts club soda. Garnish as desired.
Adding different fruits and herbs as a garnish also complements the lemon flavor and adds a splash of color.
- Black Currant
- Lemon Slices
Serving and Storing Limoncello
For the best flavor, serve chilled. The cooler temperatures bring out the lemon flavor.
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, refrigerator for up to three months, or in the freezer for one year before losing flavor intensity.
Frequently Asked Questions
A spritz is a cocktail made with prosecco, bitter liquor, club soda, or Sprite. The sweetness in the prosecco and the bitter liquor balance each other to create a refreshing drink.
A spritzer is a tall chilled drink, whereas a spritz is a small drink with a light spray.
Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine from the Veneto region of Italy made predominantly glera grapes. The carbonation levels vary from sparkling semi-sparkling to still.
On the other hand, Champagne can come from the Champagne region of France.
- 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: Place all ingredients in a glass, mixer, or pitcher. Stir to combine3 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,