If you love the classic Aperol Spritz, you can’t miss the Limoncello Spritz, an Italian aperitif cocktail perfect for sipping before or after a meal. Combining the delicious flavors of Limoncello with sparkling wine and club soda, this is a refreshing cocktail that can be easily made at home.
Whether relaxing by the pool, enjoying a barbecue with friends or simply lounging on the back porch, this lightly carbonated drink can please everyone.
Limoncello Spritz Recipe
- Stemless Wine Glass or any glass of your choice
- Sharp Knife
- Measuring tool jigger
- Stirring Stick
- 2 oz Limoncello Replacement: Lemon-flavored vodka or homemade lemon syrup
- 1 oz Club Soda Replacement: Any sparkling water or even tonic water for a different twist
- 3 oz Sparkling Wine Replacement: Non-alcoholic sparkling wine or grape juice for a non-alcoholic version
- Lemon for garnish
- Optional: Mint leaves for garnish
- Grab your stemless wine glass, or glass of your choice.
- Fill your glass with ice.Ice
- Use a sharp knife to cut a lemon into slices. Slot three slices into your glass.Lemon
- Measure and pour 2 oz of Limoncello over the ice.2 oz Limoncello
- Add 1 oz of club soda to the mix.1 oz Club Soda
- Pour in 3 oz of your chosen sparkling wine.3 oz Sparkling Wine
- Slap a mint leaf to release oils and add it to your glass.Optional: Mint leaves
- You can stir or leave the drink layered for a changing flavor profile as you sip.
Pro Tips for Success:
- Make sure your ingredients are chilled for a refreshing experience.
- Feel free to adjust the ratios according to your taste preference.
- Use high-quality Limoncello for the best flavor.
- If you find the drink tart, add a small amount of simple syrup.
Calculate the Nutrition of the Drink:
- Calories: Approximately 210-220
- Carbohydrates: About 18g
- Sugars: Roughly 16g
- Sodium: Approximately 20mg
- Vitamin C: 10% of the daily value
Why is limoncello so expensive?
The cost of Limoncello can vary depending on several factors such as quality, brand, and production methods. Still, it is often considered an expensive liqueur. Here are some reasons why Limoncello can be pricey:
Quality of Ingredients:
- Organic Lemons: High-quality Limoncello is usually made from organic lemons, which are generally more expensive than non-organic ones.
- Special Lemon Varieties: Certain lemons, like the Sfusato lemons from the Amalfi Coast, are renowned for their flavor and used in premium Limoncello.
- Peeling: The lemons used for Limoncello are hand-peeled to ensure that only the zest and not the pith (which is bitter) are used. This is a labor-intensive process.
- Steeping Process: After peeling, the lemon zest is left to steep in high-proof alcohol for an extended period, usually weeks, to extract maximum flavor.
- Filtering and Mixing: The alcohol is carefully filtered and mixed with a sugar-water syrup.
- Import Costs: If you’re buying Limoncello outside of Italy, import duties and shipping can contribute to the cost.
- Terroir: Limoncello from specific regions like the Amalfi Coast or Sorrento, renowned for their lemons, can command higher prices.
Branding and Packaging:
- Artisanal Production: Small-batch Limoncello often costs more because of the attention to detail and the quality of the ingredients.
- Packaging: High-quality, decorative bottles and packaging also add to the cost.
Alcohol Tax and Retail Markup:
- Taxes: Spirits like Limoncello are subject to higher tax rates compared to other types of alcohol, which contributes to the retail price.
- Markup: Retailers will also add their markup, which can be substantial for premium products.
- Some Limoncellos are aged, which can add complexity and richness to the flavor, and this aging process can also add to the cost.
For these reasons, Limoncello can be pretty expensive, especially if you are opting for a bottle that ticks all the boxes for premium quality, importation, and artisanal production.
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