This Limoncello cocktail was created for us by our editor Amy Reiley and her mom, (who is also one of our editors). Ok, technically, they didn’t create this recipe for us; they did it for themselves. This is their family “beach drink.”
With the right ratio of sweet, syrupy lemon liqueur and the effervescence of club soda or sparkling water, it’s like the adult version of an icy glass of lemonade. And it’s a fast and easy 3-ingredient drink. And you don’t need any special equipment. No cocktail shaker or Martini glasses for this one! You really can’t get more simple or more refreshing
Get to know Limoncello
Limoncello is an Italian liqueur, mainly produced in the boot-shaped nation’s south, including the region around the Gulf of Naples, the Sorrentine Peninsula and the Amalfi Coast. Although it is produced commercially, Limoncello is one of those drinks Italians often make at home for themselves.
The drink is made by soaking lemon peels in a neutral, grain alcohol. After this mixture steeps for a minimum of several days, it’s strained. Then a simple syrup, (sugar melted in water), is slowly added. For a homemade version, careful tasting is required at this stage to get the right ratio of sweetness to citrus. (And don’t forget, citrus is among our 10 Best Foods for Women.)
Although the exact origin of Limoncello isn’t know, the tradition of making this sweet and tart liqueur is at least 100 years old. There are claims that the drink’s origin can be traced back to the Middle Ages but there’s little evidence to support the claim. But we do know for sure, that the drink was produced in southern Italy since at least the early 1900’s.
Limoncello can be found in most liquor stores and on Amazon.com, or you can try your hand at a homemade version using vodka or grappa as the spirit. This citrus liqueur is most commonly served after dinner but this cocktail version is our go-to afternoon drink in summer.
We recommend storing your Limoncello in the freezer so it’s ice cold and ready to go whenever the mood for a Limoncello cocktail strikes.
- 1 1/2 oz limoncello
- 2-4 cubes fresh ice
- sparkling water
- 1 sprig mint for garnish
- Add limoncello to a rocks glass with fresh ice.
- Top with sparkling water and serve with a fresh sprig of mint.
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