Happy Hour: Limoncello Cocktail

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When we visited Italy at the beginning of the year I bought a bottle of ‘Limoncello’ – an Italian lemon liquor –  to take home with me (some people bring back fridge magnets from their trips, I bring back local liquors – to each their own ;).  In Italy, Limoncello is often served at the end of meal as a digestive but  because it has such a lovely, and slightly sweet, citrusy flavor it also works wonderfully in cocktails.

In the summer months, one of my favorite ways to drink limoncello is to simply pair it with Prosecco. Simple and delicious! However, when I feel like something extra special, I like to add a splash of lemon juice and gin to the mix.

Served in a glass rimmed with sugar it’s just the perfect cocktail to cool down with after a hot day – and dream of your next Italian holiday.

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30ml Limoncello
15ml Gin
2 tbs white sugar
1/2 lemon

Pretty garnish idea: Prior to cutting the lemon, peel the rind into a thin long strip. Then twist the strip into a curly q shape.


♥ Cut the lemon half into two wedges.

♥ Pour the sugar into a small plate. Run a lemon wedge along the edge of a champagne glass to moisten it. Then dip the glass into the plate, slowly twist it in the sugar, and gently tap off the excess.

♥ Squeeze the juice of the other lemon wedge into a cocktail shaker and add in the gin and limoncello. Top with a little ice and shake well.

♥ Strain into the champagne glass and top with Prosecco or sparkling wine.

♥ Garnish with the lemon twist or a lemon slice.

xx Enjoy (responsibly)!


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