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Limoncello Spritz (Perfect Lemon Cocktail for Summer)

This limoncello spritz is a refreshing summer cocktail blending zesty limoncello, sparkling prosecco, and a splash of soda. Perfectly light and citrusy for a sunny day!

Lemon cocktail in a glass with lemon slices and mint leaves with a green and white straw.

This simple cocktail combines limoncello liqueur, bubbly prosecco, zesty ginger beer, soda water and lemon juice in a perfect balance of bright lemon flavor.  It’s sure to become one of your favorite cocktail recipes for summer holidays!

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What is limoncello?

Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur produced in southern Italy, especially in the region around the Gulf of Naples, the Amalfi Coast and Sicily.  All places that I hope to visit sometime soon!

Limoncello is made by steeping lemon peels in vodka until the oil is released, then mixing the resulting liquid with simple syrup.  You can totally make homemade limoncello with just a few simple ingredients if you wanted!

Limoncello spritz in a glass with lemon slices and mint leaves with a green and white straw surrounded by lemon slices on a wooden cutting board.

This limoncello spritz recipe was inspired by a recent shopping trip to Seattle and our annual, must stop, visit to Trader Joes. Trader Joes always has fun foods and drinks that I’m eager to try!

Display at Trader Joes with lemon juice , limoncello and a sign with a cocktail recipe.

On this visit, they had a sign detailing this recipe with all of the ingredients readily available right there.  So needless to say, I came home with a bottle of prosecco and a desire to perfect this easy cocktail recipe.

Limoncello cocktail in a glass with lemon slices and mint leaves with a green and white straw.

Ginger beer is absolutely one of my favorite drinks so this was sure to be good! After a weekend of tirelessly taste testing lemon cocktails (it’s a tough job but somebody had to do it!) I’ve got the perfect summer cocktail for you. 

Limoncello Spritz Cocktail Recipe

Be sure to add this easy limoncello spritz to your must make list!

Lemon cocktail in a glass with lemon slices and fresh mint leaves with a green and white straw.

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Cocktail Making Essentials

Ingredients for limoncello spritz on a white counter.

Ingredients

The full, detailed ingredient list is in the recipe card below.

  • Limoncello liqueur – a light, citrusy Italian liqueur
  • Ginger beer – I’d put this in almost anything!
  • Soda water – can be substituted with Sprite or 7Up
  • Prosecco – you could use a sparkling wine or champagne in a pinch.

** the original recipe calls for lemon juice but we found this to make the cocktail too tart. When we did use lemon juice, adding 7UP instead of soda water seemed to be the winning combo.

Instructions

1. Combine all ingredients over an ice-filled glass.

2. Give it a quick stir and serve with fresh mint and a slice of lemon.

Limoncello spritz in a glass with lemon slices and mint leaves with a green and white straw surrounded by lemon slices on a wooden cutting board.

Fresh Garnish Ideas

One of the best ways to personalize a cocktail is with a fun garnish.

  • Mint leaves
  • Lemon zest
  • Maraschino cherry
  • Fresh basil
  • Lemon peels
  • Thin lemon slices
Limoncello cocktail in a glass with lemon slices and mint leaves with a green and white straw.

More Drink Recipes We Love

This is the perfect drink for a hot summer day! Ditch the glass of wine after a busy day and whip up a simple spritz instead!

Glass of limoncello spritz with lemon slice garnish and mint leaves with a green and white straw.

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Lemon cocktail in a glass with lemon slices and mint leaves with a green and white straw.

Limoncello Spritz (Perfect Lemon Cocktail for Summer)

This limoncello spritz is a refreshing summer cocktail blending zesty limoncello, sparkling prosecco, and a splash of soda. Perfectly light and citrusy for a sunny day!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Author: Heather Painchaud
Servings: 1 servings
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Ingredients

  • 2 oz Limoncello
  • 1 oz ginger beer
  • 1/2 oz soda water
  • 3 oz prosecco

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients over an ice-filled glass.
  • Give it a quick stir and serve with fresh mint and a slice of lemon.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 0.3mg | Sugar: 24g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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