Light and refreshing, this Limoncello Prosecco cocktail is perfect for all your springtime celebrations.
This month Recipe Redux is taking a break from food, instead focusing on celebratory cocktails (or mocktails): Showers and celebrations with friends abound this time of year. Show us your healthy, colorful drink concoctions for festivities like bridal showers and graduation celebrations
When I think of celebrating, I think champagne. Plus if you’re watching your calories from alcohol, champagne (or any other sparkling wine) is a lighter option than a glass of red or white (plus, who pours just 5-oz of wine?).
This cocktail is inspired by our last night in Rome during our honeymoon. While we were in the Cinque Terre, we purchased a bottle of Limoncino – a lemon-flavored liqueur produced in the Cinque Terre region. Curious as to the difference between Limoncello and Limoncino, I asked various waitresses in Italy as well as did a Google search. According to the waitresses in the Cinque Terre, Limoncino is made solely from lemons grown in the Cinque Terre and tends to be less sweet than Limoncello. Google was less sure of the difference, with most results saying they are essentially the same drink just called something different depending on whether you are in northern vs southern Italy.
Anyways, on our last night in Rome, we still had about ½ the bottle of Limoncino left and obviously could not bring an open bottle of liqueur on the plane. We also happened to have a bottle of prosecco that was gifted to us by our Monterosso hotel. So instead of heading to a bar that last night, we sat on our hotel terrace, drinking prosecco with a splash of limoncino with the sounds and sights of Rome all around us.
To make these prosecco cocktails a bit fancier for a shower or graduation party, I recommend adding the vanilla bean sugar rim. Simply take a lemon wedge and coat the rim of each champagne flute with a lemon juice, then press into the vanilla sugar. Also, special shout-out to Savory Spice Shop in Denver where the vanilla bean sugar I used is from. If you aren’t lucky enough to live in Denver near this shop, then any specialty spice shop should carry flavored sugars.
So here’s a toast to all the wonderful celebrations that May brings!
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