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Limoncello Spritz

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This limoncello spritz is a light drink that’s the perfect mix of refreshing citrus sweetness, bubbly fizz, and luscious lemon liqueur.
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Table of Contents
  1. Limoncello Spritz Ingredients
  2. Substitutions And Additions
  3. How To Make This Limoncello Spritz Recipe
  4. How To Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Citrus Drink Recipes
  7. JUMP TO RECIPE
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If you want to add a Mediterranean twist to your next gathering, look no further than a classic limoncello spritz. This unique Italian cocktail uses just three simple ingredients, limoncello liqueur, prosecco, and club soda to create an effervescent cocktail that is incredibly easy and as light as summer sunshine!

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Limoncello Spritz Ingredients

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Composed of prosecco, soda water, and limoncello liqueur, this cocktail is an explosion of sweet and tangy flavors in every sip.

But not only does it taste delicious, it also looks stunning. The bright yellow limoncello liqueur adds a pop of color that’s perfect for any occasion.

You’ll need:

  • 2 ounces of limoncello
  • 4 ounces of prosecco
  • 1 to 2 ounces sparkling water/club soda
  • Lemon slices and fresh mint sprigs for garnish

Substitutions And Additions

CLUB SODA: Some specialty sparkling water brands make a “limoncello” flavor. You can use this in this delicious limoncello spritz recipe instead of plain club soda. 

LIMONCELLO: If you don’t have limoncello or prefer a non-alcoholic version, you can substitute it with lemonade or a combination of fresh lemon juice and simple syrup. The lemonade will add a sweet and tangy flavor, while the lemon juice and simple syrup will provide a similar citrusy kick.

PROSECCO: While prosecco is the traditional choice for a limoncello spritz, you can experiment with other sparkling wines or champagne. For a sweeter twist, try using a Moscato or Asti Spumante. If you prefer a drier taste, opt for a brut or extra brut champagne.

How To Make This Limoncello Spritz Recipe

This drink is quick to mix up right in the glass. It will be ready for sipping within minutes.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

I recommend pouring and serving the limoncello spritzer in single servings versus mixing it up in a large pitcher as a big batch. The bubbles will go flat after sitting out, and the ice will melt and water down the drink, so it’s best to mix each one up fresh. Keep the limoncello, prosecco, and club soda chilled in the refrigerator for the coldest drink and to help keep the ice in the glass frozen for longer.

STEP ONE: Fill the cocktail glass with ice.

STEP TWO: Add 2 ounces of Italian limoncello.

PRO TIP:

The sweetness will vary depending on the brand/type of limoncello. The limoncello adds the lemon flavor and the sweetness to the drink, so adjust the recipe according to personal preference. This spritz is nicely balanced and leans on the sweeter side. You can add more prosecco for less sweetness and/or add more club soda/sparkling water to thin out the potency.

Italian Limoncello added to the glass pitcher

STEP THREE: Add 4 ounces of prosecco.

prosecco added to the glass pitcher

STEP FOUR: Top with sparkling water or club soda.

sprinkling water topped on top of the drink in the glass pitcher

STEP FIVE: Garnish the glass with a slice of lemon or two and a sprig of mint.

PRO TIP:

Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice for an extra punch of flavor or to cut the sweetness.  

lemon slice and fresh mint garnished

How To Serve

Put a refreshing twist on a hot summer day with a limoncello spritz cocktail. Delightfully light and citrusy, you will be sipping all afternoon. Enjoy it with our fruit salsa with cinnamon chips or cucumber bites for snacking.

If you’re looking for something more filling, opt for meats like roasted chicken or pork tenderloin. Vegetarians can also enjoy this scrumptious drink with a side of roasted seasonal veggies or even a tomato cucumber salad.

If you would like a few more delicious cocktails to add to your repertoire, check out our cotton candy cocktail and orange creamsicle cocktail.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: This perfect Italian cocktail needs to be enjoyed immediately. It won’t keep for any length of time in the fridge or freezer.

a close up shot of a Limoncello Spritz in a glass cup

This summer, try your hand at a refreshing limoncello spritz and bring a taste of Italy to your backyard.

This tantalizingly tart combination of sparkling wine and Italian liqueur is sure to quench both your thirst and your summertime cravings.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use my own limoncello that I make at home?

You can choose either homemade limoncello or a store-bought version of the sweet Italian lemon liqueur for this limoncello and prosecco spritzer.

Can I make this limoncello prosecco spritz ahead of time?

Since the sparkling water will lose its carbonation over time and the melting ice will water the drink down, this simple cocktail needs to be made when you are ready to enjoy it.

What is the best glass to use for this easy recipe?

We used a stemless wine glass for this recipe, but any large wine glass or other cocktail glass would be a perfect choice.

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Limoncello Spritz

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This limoncello spritz is a light drink that’s the perfect mix of refreshing citrus sweetness, bubbly fizz, and luscious lemon liqueur.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ounces limoncello
  • 4 ounces prosecco
  • 1 to 2 ounces sparkling water, or club soda
  • Lemon slices and mint sprigs, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • Add 2 ounces of Italian limoncello.
  • Add 4 ounces of prosecco.
  • Top with sparkling water.
  • Garnish the glass with a lemon slice or two and a sprig of fresh mint.

Notes

  • I recommend pouring and serving the limoncello spritzer in single servings versus mixing it up in a large pitcher as a big batch. The bubbles will go flat after sitting out, and the ice will melt and water down the drink, so it’s best to mix each one up fresh. Keep the limoncello, prosecco, and club soda chilled in the refrigerator for the coldest drink and to help keep the ice in the glass frozen for longer.
  • The sweetness will vary depending on the brand/type of limoncello. The limoncello adds the lemon flavor and the sweetness to the drink, so adjust the recipe according to personal preference. This spritz is nicely balanced and leans on the sweeter side. You can add more prosecco for less sweetness and/or add more club soda/sparkling water to thin out the potency.
  • Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice for an extra punch of flavor or to cut the sweetness. 

Nutrition

Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 22g | Calcium: 1mg
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