Limoncello Spritz

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Limoncello spritz is the perfect daytime summer cocktail! It’s refreshing with sparkling fizz, has hints of sweet and zesty lemon, and only requires three ingredients.

Limoncello spritzes in two glasses

But First, What’s Limoncello?

I still remember my first limoncello cocktail along the Amalfi coast. The insanely beautiful beach views with the charming, bustling town right behind… all while sipping on this super refreshing, lemon-y infused cocktail.

That’s what made me fall in love with limoncello! Unlike Campari or Aperol, limoncello is an Italian liqueur made with lemon zest, sugar, and vodka. So if you’re into slightly sweeter cocktails, swap an Aperol spritz with this limoncello spritz.

Ingredients for limoncello spritz on a table

Limoncello Spritz Ingredients

The beauty of spritzes is that they’re so simple, yet so good. Just grab a bottle of prosecco, limoncello, some soda water, and a few garnishes (which I highly recommend adding for a little zhuzh). Here’s what you need.

  • Prosecco: My favorite prosecco for spritzes is from La Marca, but choose any of your favorites that’s dry or brut.
  • Limoncello: There’s a few brands that make limoncello, but I personally like this one from Il Tramonto Liqueur.
  • Soda Water: You can use either club soda or sparkling water. If sparkling water though, make sure it’s not flavored.
  • Garnishes: Adding a fresh lemon slice and some mint really is the cherry on top to this cocktail.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below.

Making limoncello spritzes

How to Make a Limoncello Spritz

Similar to an Aperol spritz, you’ll follow a 3-2-1 method to make this limoncello spritz. This means 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, and 1 part club soda. Once you make a few glasses, you can start to eyeball it too (which is what I do now).

  • Pour it all in. Fill a glass half full with ice. Pour in the Prosecco, limoncello, and top it off with soda water.
  • Garnish. Add a fresh lemon slice into the spritz, and top with with a stem of mint leaves.
Glasses of limoncello spritz with mint leaves

More Summer Cocktails

There’s always room for more classic cocktails, so here’s a few all-time favorites you and your guests will love.

Get a taste of the Italian coast with these limoncello spritzes! Once you make this recipe, let me know how you (and everyone else) liked it in a comment below. Your comment helps other readers on the website!

Two glasses of limoncello spritz

Limoncello Spritz

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: Lisa Bryan

Description

The perfect daytime summer cocktail – limoncello spritz! It's refreshing, sparkling, and only requires 3 ingredients. Watch the video below to see how I make it in my kitchen (and get a good laugh as I nearly pop my eye out with the Prosecco cork, ha!)

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Ingredients 
 

  • 3 ounces Prosecco
  • 2 ounces limoncello
  • 1 ounce soda water
  • Optional: lemon slices and mint leaves for garnish

Instructions 

  • Pour it all in. Fill a glass half full with ice. Pour in the Prosecco, limoncello, and soda water.
    Pouring prosecco to make limoncello spritz
  • Garnish. If you'd like, garnish each glass with a fresh lemon slice and mint leaves.
    Two glasses of limoncello spritz with lemon slices

Nutrition

Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 0.1g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 75mg | Sugar: 23g | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: limoncello cocktail, Limoncello Spritz
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Recipe originally posted September 2022, but updated to include new information for your benefit!

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About the author

Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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4 Comments

  1. So easy! I brought some limoncello with me back from Italy, and put it to good use with this drink. ;) Thanks Lisa!5 stars