This Limoncello Spritz is a nearly perfect summer cocktail. It's sweet, delicious, and only lightly boozy, so you can sip on one all afternoon.
🌟 Why You'll Love This Recipe
It's easy to make. If you can pour a few ingredients into a glass, then you can make this drink.
It's light and refreshing. Crisp, bubbly, sweet... this drink is super refreshing.
It only takes THREE ingredients. That's all it takes! You can do this.
💭 What is a Limoncello Spritz?
Spritz cocktails have their origins in Veneto, a region in Northern Italy, where prosecco comes from. The spritz originated during the 1800s when Austrians, who were visiting Italy, would dilute Italian wines with a “spritz” (which is the German word for “splash”) of soda water to make them lighter and more suited to their tastes. Or so the story goes.
As time went on, wine became prosecco, and Italians started to supplement the drink with fortified wines, and then later liqueurs like bitter-sweet amari (i.e., the plural form of amaro; think Aperol, Fernet-Branca, etc.).
Then, in the 1950s, the iconic Aperol Spritz was created by the owners of Aperol. And since this time, the Aperol Spritz (and spritzes in general) have been a staple at Italian aperitivo hour ever since.
So, a Limoncello spritz involves Limoncello, soda water, and prosecco! We'll talk about the individual ingredients below.
My Hugo Spritz is another great option, too, if you're looking for something a little different! It's made with elderflower liqueur, mint, soda water, and prosecco.
- Limoncello: Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur made up of water, sugar, lemon peels, and a neutral spirit. You can use a store bought or homemade limoncello.
- Sparkling water: You can use a plain or flavored sparkling water. I had some of the limoncello La Croix in my fridge, so I used that.
- Bubbly: This recipe calls specifically for prosecco, but you can also use champagne (if you're feeling spendy) or some kind of sparkling wine.
👩🏻🍳 How do you make a Limoncello Spritz?
Making a spritz cocktail is so easy!
First, start out by filling your glass halfway-ish up with crushed ice. I used a balloon red wine glass.
Next, add your limoncello to the glass over ice.
After that, add your sparkling water to the glass. I used the limoncello flavor La Croix because I happened to have some in the fridge. But you do you.
After that, all that's left is to top everything with some bubbly. And then throw a little garnish into your glass, if you're feeling fancy. Enjoy your Limoncello Spritz!
🔗 Other cocktails made with limoncello
- Sous Vide Limoncello from A Nerd Cooks
- Limoncello Tonic from Maple and Mango
- Limoncello Moscow Mule from Home Sweet Table
- Raspberry Limoncello Cocktail from Salted Plains
❓FAQs/Tips and tricks
Yes, you can. Just scale up the ingredients accordingly. HOWEVER, I would recommend drinking this pretty much right after you mix up a batch. You don't want to lose all that lovely carbonation!
Not necessarily. You can use another version of bubbly, if you prefer!
If you want to amp up the booze factor, feel free to add a shot of vodka to this drink.
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- 2 ounces limoncello
- 2 ounces sparkling water
- 3 ounces prosecco
- fresh rosemary optional (for garnish)
- Pour the limoncello and sparkling water into a large wine glass over crushed ice.
- Top with prosecco.
- Garnish with fresh rosemary, if desired.
- Use prosecco, champagne, or other sparkling wine, according to your preference
Disclaimer: Nutritional information is a generated estimate and is not guaranteed to be accurate.