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Limoncello Spritz

Limoncello Spritz is a refreshing and easy Italian cocktail made with Limoncello liqueur and sparkling water. The perfect warm weather cocktail that’s ready in just 2 minutes!

Limoncello Spritz on a counter with limoncello and sparkling water in the background.

Cocktails don’t have to be confusing to be delicious! This Limoncello Spritz is made with just two ingredients (not including the garnish) and is a perfect for any occasion.

So, if you’re looking for a simple Italian cocktail, this is it. Both refreshing and easy, you’re going to fall in love with this simple classic drink.

And, if you are looking for a great after-dinner drink, be sure to check out this Espresso Martini with Kahlua. For a simple side dish that’s also perfect for warm weather, don’t miss this Pesto Pasta Salad recipe, made with just five ingredients! If you love lemon desserts, be sure to check out my Lemon Blondies recipe!

Why this Limoncello Spritz is the BEST!

If you are all about the fuss-free cocktails, then you are going to love this recipe! A drink that anyone can make, the Limoncello Spritz takes a classic limoncello liqueur and makes it perfect for sipping.

Limoncello is one of those perfect Italian liqueurs. It’s deliciously sweet and pungent, with flavors that don’t need to be covered up.

That is why this spritz is so brilliant! You can really savor the flavors of the Limoncello by just adding some sparkling water to wake them up. Plus, it’s a simple cocktail that’s great for the warmer months.

Ingredients

ingredients needed to make the cocktail on a wood cutting board with a checkered napkin.

The ingredients for this recipe are few. All you need is limoncello, sparkling water, sugar, and a slice of lemon.

  • Limoncello: since the limoncello liqueur is the star of this recipe, make sure you are using a good quality limoncello. I like Caravella if you can find it. Homemade limoncello would also be perfect here.
  • Sparkling water: this is entirely up to personal preference and what you have on hand. We are big fans of Topo Chico and L’Croix, so those usually end up in our spritzers.
  • Sugar: the sugar is really there to decorate the rim of the glass and is totally optional. However, since it’s such a simple recipe, the sugar is really a nice touch.

Read on to see how easy this cocktail is!

How to Make Limoncello Spritz

Limoncello Spritz is so easy to make and just requires a few ingredients. You can serve this in a champagne glass or a cocktail glass.

To start, rub a slice of lemon around the edge of the glass. Then, turn the glass over and dip the rim in a plate of sugar. Fill the glass with ice cubes.

champagne glass with sugared rim.

Once the ice is in, pour in two ounces of limoncello liqueur over the ice. Top off with sparkling water or mineral water until the glass is nearly full. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Limoncell Spritz in a champagne glass with ingredients behind it.

You don’t want to make this cocktail too far in advance. Since it’s so simple to do, you can really just put it together right before serving.

Recipe Tips and FAQs

A Limoncello Spritz is a great summertime drink. Both refreshing and simple to make, you’ll be sipping these as soon as the weather warms up. Here are my tips and FAQs for this recipe.

  • Use a good quality limoncello or make your own.
  • Don’t make your spritz too far in advance or the sparkling water will flatten.
  • Change up the taste of the drink by adding different flavored sparkling waters.
What is Limoncello?

Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur that is made from lemon zest, sugar, and vodka. It is one of the most popular liqueurs in Italy with strong connections to the Island of Capri and the Amalfi Coast.

What is the best way to drink Limoncello?

Limoncello is best served very cold. You can freeze the bottle and pour shots directly from the freezer. Or, pour it over ice cubes and stir well. Since limoncello can be strong, make a limoncello spritz by mixing together limoncello and sparkling water.

What does Limoncello taste like?

Limoncello is a very sweet liqueur with an intense flavor of lemons. Almost like a citrus flavored syrup, limoncello is best sipped very cold over ice, or mixed with sparkling water to make a limoncello spritz.

Limoncello Spritz on a counter with limoncello, lemon, and sparkling water behind it.

More Lemony Treats

If you love Limoncello, then you are going to love with these limoncello-inspired desserts:

Limoncello Ricotta Cookies

Limoncello Tiramisu

Soft Lemon Cookies

Lemon Amaretti Cookies

Lemon Polenta Cake

Limoncello Ricotta Cake

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Limoncello Spritz
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5 from 5 votes

Limoncello Spritz

This refreshing cocktail couldn't be easier to make with just a handful of ingredients. Use good quality limoncello or make your own.
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cocktail, Limoncello
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 206kcal
Cost: 4-5

Equipment

  • champagne glass or small cocktail glass

Ingredients

  • sugar for rim
  • lemon slices
  • ice cubes
  • 8 ounces Limoncello
  • 12 ounces sparkling water

Instructions

  • Pour some sugar onto a plate. Rub a lemon wedge along the rim of the glasses. Turn glass over and place onto the sugar so that you get a rim of sugar along the glasses.
  • Fill the glass with ice cubes. Pour in 2 ounces of Limoncello into each glass. Top with sparkling water and stir. Garnish with lemon wedge.

Notes

  • You can serve Limoncello Spritz in a champagne flute or low ball cocktail glass. 
  • Add different flavored sparkling waters to change up the flavor of the spritz. 
  • Make this drink extra festive by garnishing with a sprig of mint. 

Nutrition

Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 2mg | Sugar: 22g | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
Recipe Rating




Sara Welch

Thursday 21st of April 2022

This is such a quick and refreshing cocktail with a tangy kick! Going to be enjoying this all summer long!

Jamie

Thursday 21st of April 2022

This is so refreshing and perfect for spring! My friends are going to love this!

Sue

Thursday 21st of April 2022

Oh man I could drink this all summer long, limoncello is a favorite of mine :)

Jacqueline Meldrum

Thursday 21st of April 2022

Oh no I'm ready for this. Great idea!

Kathleen

Thursday 21st of April 2022

This was so bright, light and refreshing, our guests over Easter LOVED IT!!

angelakallison

Thursday 21st of April 2022

yay! Happy to hear it!