This Limoncello Spritz is a light and refreshing, bubbly cocktail full of bright lemon flavor. With just three simple ingredients and a few minutes of time, it’s easy to make a single drink for yourself or a pitcher to enjoy with friends!
Easy and Refreshing Limoncello Spritz Recipe
Be transported to Italy with a refreshing Limoncello Spritz – it’s big, bright sunshine in a glass!
This easy cocktail is made with just three simple ingredients – prosecco, limoncello, and club soda. Just pour everything into an ice-filled glass, add fresh garnishes if you like, and enjoy!
Blake and I very much enjoy sipping a small glass of ice-cold limoncello, straight from the freezer. And when we’re in the mood for a lighter, bubblier cocktail with that same bright lemon flavor, we make a limoncello spritz!
This drink is one of the best ways to enjoy a bottle of homemade limoncello – although you can certainly use your own favorite store brand of limoncello.
Enjoy this lemony prosecco cocktail by the glass or as a pitcher drink – it’s perfect for entertaining. Think about lemony spritzes for brunch, for Mother’s Day, or for super simple refreshment on a warm, sunshine-y day!
If you like prosecco cocktails, be sure to also check out my prosecco margaritas recipe – it’s a reader favorite!
Why You’ll Love This Prosecco Cocktail
I always like a special cocktail, and this limoncello spritz has become a fast favorite. Here’s why you’ll love this limoncello spritz recipe:
- Just three ingredients. This prosecco cocktail could not be any easier. All you need are three super simple ingredients, no juicing required!
- Refreshing and bubbly. I’ve liked the bright lemon flavor of limoncello ever since my first sip. And when you add bubbles to it? It’s extra delightful, and so refreshing on a hot summer day.
- It’s pretty. We eat and drink with our eyes first. And this one is a real looker, so pretty!
- Easy to make a big batch. Pitcher drinks are great for entertaining. Just mix once, then pour into individual glasses. I’ve included ingredient measurements and instructions below!
What Is A Limoncello Spritz?
A limoncello spritz cocktail consists of limoncello, prosecco, and club soda in an ice-filled glass.
It’s a lemony twist on the popular Italian cocktail, the classic Aperol spritz, where aperol is replaced by limoncello liqueur.
Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur that’s traditionally served very cold (straight from the freezer!) as an after-dinner “digestivo”, meant to settle your stomach and help you digest food. It originated in Italy’s southern region, including the area around the Gulf of Naples, the Amalfi Coast, and Sicily.
This limoncello spritz recipe is easy to remember as it follows the classic 3:2:1 spritz ratio = 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts limoncello, and 1 part club soda.
Scroll down to the recipe card for the exact ingredient amounts and full instructions.
- Limoncello – We use homemade limoncello when we have it on hand, but it’s absolutely fine to use store-bought limoncello. Luxardo is a much respected brand, although there are many great limoncellos out there – they all just have their own flavor nuances.
- Prosecco – Prosecco adds effervescence and a light sweetness to the spritz. If you like a drier drink, look for a drier prosecco, labeled “brut” or “extra brut.” . If you like a sweeter drink, look for a prosecco that’s sweeter.
- Club soda – Club soda adds even more bubbles and dilutes the spritz a bit. Feel free to add as little or as much as you like. If you want to make a tall drink that’s lighter on alcohol, just use a larger glass and add more club soda.
- Lemon wheel and fresh mint sprig – For a pretty look, plus fresh scent.
How To Make A Limoncello Spritz
This is one of the easiest cocktails EVER! Here’s how to make it:
- Mix. Fill a wine glass halfway with ice. Add the prosecco, limoncello, and club soda, and give a gentle stir to combine.
- Garnish and serve. Garnish with a lemon wheel (or two or three!) and a sprig of mint, and enjoy immediately.
Recipe Tips & Variations
This limoncello spritz recipe is incredibly easy to make, plus it’s easy to adapt to your own personal tastes. Here are a few tips and variations on this lemony prosecco cocktail:
- Use chilled ingredients. Keep the limoncello in the freezer, the prosecco and club soda in the fridge. Then, when you’re ready to make this drink, it’ll be cold right from the start – and it won’t melt all the ice in your glass!
- Make it sweeter. Different limoncellos will have varying amounts of sweetness, so taste test your limoncello spritz. If it’s too sour or harsh, add just ¼ ounce of simple syrup, then try it again. Add more if you like, until it’s just right.
- Add more mint. If you like a minty drink, such as a mojito, then muddle a few mint leaves into the drink.
- Swap out the mint. If you’re not a fan of mint, try fresh basil or a sprig of rosemary or thyme. Lavender is lovely, too!
- Muddle in some fruit. Try muddling a few fresh raspberries (or blueberries or strawberries or blackberries!) for a delicious lemon raspberry spritz.
- Add fresh fruit sauce. It’s easy to make a no-cook strawberry sauce, and this would be a lovely addition to this drink. A swirl of raspberry sauce would also be good.
- Increase or decrease the 3 main ingredients. If you really like prosecco, omit the club soda and replace it with prosecco. If you’re craving more lemon flavor, add more limoncello. If you’d like to enjoy a super light drink, increase the club soda.
How to Make Limoncello Spritz for a Crowd
It’s easy to make a pitcher of limoncello spritz when you’re entertaining, so you can just relax with your guests. Here’s how to make a pitcher that serves 8:
- Mix: In a large pitcher, combine a 750 ml bottle of prosecco, 16 ounces of limoncello, and 8 ounces of club soda, all pre-chilled, of course!
- Serve: You’ll want to serve the drinks right away, as the bubbles will fade more and more as the pitcher sits. Simply divide the drink between 8 ice-filled glasses, then garnish with lemon slices and mint sprigs.
A limoncello spritz is a gorgeous, fresh drink that I like to serve before dinner or during cocktail hour with a few snacks. Here are a few ways to serve a prosecco cocktail:
- With appetizers. Make limoncello spritzes and serve them with a few different appetizers. My Italian pinwheels or grilled mini sweet peppers with goat cheese would be great choices, as would bacon wrapped scallops and these irresistible rosemary thyme spiced nuts.
- As a brunch cocktail. Similar to a mimosa, a limoncello spritz is a lovely drink to serve during brunch. Try a limoncello spritz with an overnight egg bake or an assortment of sweet breakfast eats like banana bread, crepes, or waffles!
- With a summery meal from the grill. The limoncello spritz was made for warm summer evenings. It’d be delightful with grilled shrimp, a grilled whole chicken, or grilled chicken kabobs with grapes!
- 3 ounces prosecco, chilled
- 2 ounces limoncello, chilled (preferably in the freezer) – use homemade limoncello or your favorite brand
- 1 ounce club soda, chilled
- Lemon wheel and fresh mint sprig, for garnish
- Fill a glass halfway with ice.
- Add the prosecco, limoncello, and club soda. Give a gentle stir to combine.
- Garnish with a lemon wheel and sprig of mint.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 3gSugar: 30gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.
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