The limoncello spritz is the perfect summer cocktail! Made with limoncello, prosecco and soda water, this sweet and tangy drink is the perfect refreshing cocktail for afternoons spent in the sun.
Ok yes by now you’ve probably heard of this delicious and simple cocktail, and if you know me in real life then you’ll also have heard me carrying on about it being my drink of summer this year since before I’d even made it. I had great confidence this was the drink for me and I was absolutely correct.
Now the internet seems to have caught up and the limoncello spritz is really living out its moment in the spotlight. So of course, this is my tribute to what I believe is going to be a summer staple.
This is the kind of cocktail that you make for lazy afternoons because you’re not spending a lot of time measuring and shaking which means more time actually enjoying. If you ask me, that’s exactly the kind of drink we need over the Christmas and New Year period.
So while you may have seen the limoncello spritz making the rounds online, take this post as a reminder that summer holidays are better soaking in the sun with a refreshing, not too sweet, lemony drink with just enough bubbles that it feels a little special.
If you need me, that’s where I’ll be, also living my best summer life.
We love an easy cocktail recipe, and this one requires just three ingredients plus your garnishes.
Note all ingredients and their quantities are laid out in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Limoncello – Limoncello is an Italian liqueur made with lemon zest, sugar, and vodka. There are many brands available, some being sweeter than others so it comes down to personal taste preference.
- Prosecco – You want to use a prosecco you like to drink, something dry will work well.
- Soda Water – You can use club soda water or sparkling mineral water. You can also add a little extra to dilute the spritz if you find they are going down too fast!
- Garnishes – optional and adaptable, I’m using fresh thyme and lemon slices, but I’ve also used fresh rosemary which is delicious. Fresh mint would also work but I do love the earthiness that the thyme or rosemary gives it.
There really aren’t any special instructions or tips to making a limoncello spritz, they are one of the simplest cocktails and follow the same 3-2-1 method as a popular aperol spritz.
Start with the glass. I am just using my wine glasses as a spritz is best served in a large wine glass. Fill it about halfway with ice.
Next, pour in your limoncello, prosecco and soda water. Once you’ve made a couple you will be able to eyeball the ratios but measuring ensures you get that balance just right.
Give it a stir and garnish with a slice of lemon and some fresh herbs. My personal favorite is thyme or rosemary, but mint is also a great option. The freshness of the herbs give a subtle flavour that mingles with the lemon and is just delicious.
You can also use this recipe ratio to make a classic aperol spritz, just sub the limoncello with aperol and your summer is set!
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Homemade Lemon Butter (Dairy-Free)
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins (Dairy-Free)
Lemon Layer Cake
Lemony Garlic Sauce (Whole30, Dairy-free)
- 2 ounces / 4 tablespoons / 60 ml limoncello
- 3 ounces / 6 tablespoons / 90 ml prosecco
- 1 ounce / 2 tablespoons / 30 ml soda water
- Ice to serve
- Fresh lemon slices and thyme to garnish
- Add ice to a glass. Pour over limoncello, prosecco and top with soda. Stir.
- Garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprig of fresh thyme.
Nutritional information is provided as a guide only and is calculated using automated online tools, therefore we cannot guarantee the accuracy. We encourage you to make your own calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe.