Love lemon? Sip on an ice-cold glass of Limoncello Lemonade. Pair fresh, homemade lemonade with zesty Italian limoncello for an ultra sweet-tart sipper you can serve anywhere from summer cookouts to baby showers.
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The gifts people bring back from trips are some of my favorite things.
Let me be clear, though. I am not huge on souvenirs, so no keychains or cheesy tchotchkes for me. I do love a good postcard, though!
But especially no souvenirs with names on them. Which is actually pretty easy because, like, NO souvenirs actually say ‘Susannah’ on them. Especially not spelled correctly!
But now that I’ve gotten older, I really appreciate a good edible — or drinkable — gift.
It’s really nice to share a piece of that place and get a taste for what the person experienced on their travels.
Recently a friend brought me the most flavorful chocolate from Guatemala. I’ve never been to Guatemala, but I love how rich and creamy their chocolate is, and you can taste the love and care Guatemalans put into their products.
For a while now, my dad has been asking me what I am going to do with the limoncello he brought me from his trip to Italy with my sister last year. It’s been sitting in my pantry waiting to be incorporated into a cocktail or three.
I have been waiting for the right idea to pop into my head, but I finally decided to bite the bullet and incorporate it into a cocktail this summer. I love to sip on lemonade in the summer, but boozy is better sometimes.
Enter this Limoncello Lemonade.
If it seems weird that I used a lemon spirit in a lemon drink, hang on a minute.
I should mention that vodka lemonades were my “drink” in college. But whenever I make them now, all I can taste is the sharp alcoholic flavor of the vodka.
With this Limoncello Lemonade, the lemon flavor seems to disappear. (I did not have this issue with this spiked lavender lemonade.)
Pairing lemonade with limoncello is a flavorful way to enjoy both. You can get all the sweet summer taste of lemonade, plus a little booze that’s masked by the lemonade.
Limoncello is great on its own over ice too, but my dad carried that heavy bottle all the way from Rome and I’ll be really sad as soon as the bottle is gone! So this cocktail is a nice way to stretch it out.
This cocktail is ultra tart and zesty, and each highlights the lemon flavor in the other, making it the perfect refresher for a hot summer day. You could serve these at a wedding, a baby shower, a cookout — or just because.
Plus, it just tastes like Italy — each time I drink this limoncello it makes me wish I were traipsing the streets of Rome and Positano with my dad and sister. But for now, I’ll have to settle for this drink.
The perfect baby shower menu
This post is part of a virtual baby shower for my friend Stephanie of the blog Sustaining the Powers!
She’s due with a little guy or gal any day now, and a few blogger friends and I are celebrating her growing family today.
I picked this Limoncello Lemonade because it’s a) perfect for parties, b) gender neutral and c) easily convertible into a mocktail for mamas-to-be! (Hint: Just skip the limoncello — there is nothing like homemade lemonade!)
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A luscious, grown-up lemonade with all the flavors of Italy
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup hot water
- 3/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 3 cups cold water
- 3/4 cup limoncello
- lemon slices for garnish
- In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar and hot water until sugar has dissolved. Stir in the lemon juice and cold water. Stir in limoncello. Pour into a pitcher and refrigerate until reader to serve. Pour in glasses filled with ice. Garnish with lemon slices.
If making mocktails, leave out the limoncello, and add 1 1/2 ounces limoncello to each glass you are making a cocktail.
- Serving Size: 1 cocktail