Most of last week was spent waxing poetic about the glories of limoncello--making it, drinking it, allowing it to flood me with the golden memories of my trip to Italy. I also promised you a recipe for the alluring elixir, assuming you don't always want to drinking it as is, perfectly chilled in a small sipping cup. This cocktail is a variation of the Italian spritz, which uses a bitter orange liquor, Aperol, as a sparkling wine enhancer. Here I swap out the Aperol with my limoncello for a light lemony bubbly drink perfect for your next celebration. As a bonus, this drink tastes marvelous in any cup, including this plastic cup pictured here used when toasting to my sister and her husband's new house. There was no furniture or even proper dishes in yet, only some takeout lunch, a few blankets for a makeshift indoor picnic on the wood floors of their living room, and of course, this bubbly drink to welcome them to their new home.
1.5 oz (1 shot glass full) limoncello
5 oz (about 3-4 shots) of a dry sparking white wine
1.5 oz (1 shot) sparkling water
Pour limoncello into the bottom of a glass. Add sparkling wine and sparkling water. Add ice if desired--sometimes I put it in, sometimes I don't. Serves one (so double the recipe and invite another limoncello lovin' friend to join you!). Pairs well with a sunny Capri state of mind and a lovely patio garden. Enjoy!
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