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Limoncello Spritz

The limoncello spritz is the perfect year-round drink that packs a punch of flavor. Mixing lemon liqueur with Prosecco, this simple yet tasty concoction will surely delight your taste buds any night. All it takes are four ingredients, so even if you don’t consider yourself much of a mixologist, putting together this zesty refreshment is easy – making it ideal for serving up at barbecues or pool parties.

A double old-fashioned glass in front of a tulip shaped glass filled with the limoncello drink with lemon and mint
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I love to have this limoncello cocktail around Christmas time. The reason is that the flavor combination screams “Holiday!” to me. But I’ve also imbibed this drink during the warmer months because it is incredibly refreshing: the perfect summer cocktail.

If you love lemon flavor, you’ll love this wonderful and delicious drink!

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What is limoncello and where is it made?

Limoncello is an infusion of lemon peels, sugar, vodka, and water. Limoncello is produced in Southern Italy – namely Capri, Sorrento, and the Amalfi coast.

By itself, this Italian liqueur is typically sipped after dinner.

Helpful
Tips
  • I have made this cocktail in two different ways: with and without lemon juice. When I want a light and refreshing drink, I omit lemon juice. If I want a full-bodied yet refreshing cocktail, I add lemon juice. Try it without lemon juice as I’ve written in this recipe, and if after sipping the cocktail and you find it too ‘light’, add one ounce of fresh lemon juice to each cocktail.
  • I like different garnishes for this cocktail. Thin lemon slices are a fun addition and herbs like fresh mint or sage gives it a pop of color. You can also add a rosemary sprig, fresh thyme, basil, lemon peels, and anything else appropriate.
  • I use club soda for this cocktail, but you can use soda or sparkling water.
  • If you can’t find Prosecco in your local liquor store, you can replace it with sparkling white wine.
  • I’ve always made lemon spritzes in either a tulip-shaped glass and/or a double old-fashioned glass, but you can use wine glasses or Collins glasses.
  • Many brands make this Italian lemon liqueur, so use what you have or whichever brand you prefer.
  • I would not use crema di limoncello as it changes the cocktail makeup.
  • Want to make a pitcher of limoncello spritz? There is a place in the recipe card where you can adjust the servings!
a glass with the lemon cocktail with slices of lemon and mint as garnish. There is more lemons and mint on tray
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Even though you see two cocktails, this recipe is for a single cocktail to simplify things.

How to make a limoncello spritz recipe

Pre-step

You will be building this cocktail directly in the glassware. Add ice cubes to the glasses 3/4 the way full.

Get out your measuring glass, glassware, and cut a few thin lemon slices, and set aside some mint leaves or whatever you’ll use for garnish.

After measuring out each ingredient, pour it to the glassware.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – limoncello, Prosecco, and club soda. (A)

Step two

Measure out 2 ounces of limoncello. (B)

Left - limoncello, club soda, champagne, lemons, and mint on a table. Right - limoncello measured out
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Step three

Measure out 3 ounces of Prosecco. (C)

Step four

Measure out 1 ounce of club soda.

champagne and soda water measured out
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Step five

Stir the cocktail and add a thin lemon slice and a mint sprig.

Mint and lemon slices garnishing the limoncello cocktails on the wooden table
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It’s so refreshing!

The tulip glass filled with the lemon cocktail on a metal tray with lemon slices and mint leaves
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It makes me want to drink one right now.

Vertical view of the limoncello spritz on a tray with lemon and mint
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I hope you enjoyed this limoncello spritz cocktail recipe! It’s a great cocktail to serve at a holiday gathering.

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Limoncello Spritz

Take your summer BBQs and get-togethers to the next level with this easy and delicious limoncello spritz recipe. Perfect for pool parties, outdoor entertaining, or just for fun!
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: limoncello spritz, spritz cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 203kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces limoncello
  • 3 ounces Prosecco
  • 1 ounce club soda (or soda water, or sparkling water)
  • ice cubes

Garnish

  • 1 slice lemon (thin lemon wheel)
  • 1 sprig mint

Instructions

  • Fill the glass 3/4 of the way with ice cubes.
  • Add limoncello, Prosecco, and club soda.
    2 ounces limoncello, 3 ounces Prosecco, 1 ounce club soda
  • Stir and add a thin slice of lemon and a sprig of mint.
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful tips

  • I have made this cocktail in two different ways: with and without lemon juice. When I want a light and refreshing drink, I omit lemon juice. If I want a full-bodied yet refreshing cocktail, I add lemon juice. Try it without lemon juice as I’ve written in this recipe, and if after sipping the cocktail and you find it too ‘light’, add one ounce of fresh lemon juice to each cocktail.
  • I like different garnishes for this cocktail. Thin lemon slices are a fun addition and herbs like fresh mint or sage gives it a pop of color. You can also add a rosemary sprig, fresh thyme, basil, lemon peels, and anything else appropriate.
  • I use club soda for this cocktail, but you can use soda or sparkling water.
  • If you can’t find Prosecco in your local liquor store, you can replace it with sparkling white wine.
  • I’ve always made lemon spritzes in either a tulip-shaped glass and/or a double old-fashioned glass, but you can use wine glasses or Collins glasses.
  • Many brands make this Italian lemon liqueur, so use what you have or whichever brand you prefer.
  • I would not use crema di limoncello as it changes the cocktail makeup.
  • Want to make a pitcher of limoncello spritz? There is a place in the recipe card where you can adjust the servings!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 44IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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18 Comments

  1. As soon as I saw this, Elaine, I knew I had to make it. You know how much I love lemon. It didn’t disappoint. It was so yummy and enjoyed by my family! Thanks again!

  2. I do love lemon everything. This is a great cocktail for sipping and watching a movie. I love playing bartender at home.

  3. This is my favorite kind of cocktail! It’s so light, refreshing and so easy to make. I love how I can use my fresh lemons from my tree ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Such a lovely and refreshing drink! We have a huge lemon tree that I swear was grown just to make this drink ๐Ÿ™‚ Definitely a keeper!

  5. This is such a vibrant, refreshing, and flavorful drink. It is the perfect drink to have on the porch at the end of a long day.

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