Limoncello spritz – summer splash with lemon

Limoncello Spritz – Summer splash with lemon

Everyone knows the Aperol Spritz, but not many are familiar with the Limoncello Spritz. It is the perfect summer drink due to its fresh and lemony taste. This cocktail definitely puts you in a vacation mood.

This drink is often sipped on a mild summer evening, after a delicious dinner. Its ingredients make for a perfect cocktail to end a nice evening with.

The most important ingredients of the cocktail are Limoncello, prosecco, and carbonated water. Together, they form a bright yellow drink. The special thing about this cocktail is its delicious lemon flavor and its easy preparation.

Where was the Limoncello Spritz invented?

The Limoncello Spritz has its origins in Italy, just like the Aperol. It is also the Italians who drink this cocktail the most. The growing areas of Limoncello are mainly on the Gulf of Naples, the Sorrento Peninsula, and the Amalfi Coast as well as the islands of Capri, Ischia, and Procida.

It is unknown who the inventor of this cocktail is. It is said, however, that farmers and fishermen enjoyed a sip of Limoncello spritz ages ago. Some say that the origins of this cocktail are linked to entrepreneur Massimo Canale, because he was the one who first registered it as a trademark in 1988.

A few more stories are circulating, but none of them are confirmed. What’s fact, however, is that this drink became really popular, even internationally, over time beginning at the end of the 20th century.

Limoncello Spritz

Limoncello recipe
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Nothing beats a fresh cocktail after dinner on a hot summer evening. The Limoncello Spritz is perfect for this occasion. The Limoncello makes the cocktail shine in a bright yellow color and taste delicious.
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Preparation time: 3 minutes
Mixing time: 7 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
Category: Aperitif, Longdrink, Sours
Origin: Italian
Keywords: Carbonated water, Lemon, Limoncello, Prosecco
Servings: 1 Cocktail
Calories: 161kcal
Author: Leon Zeschke


  • 2 cl Limoncello
  • 10 cl Prosecco
  • 5 cl carbonated water
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • some ice cubes


  • All ingredients should be chilled before preparation. Ice-cold limoncello and prosecco are better for a drink.
  • First, you put the limoncello in a glass. Then the prosecco and finally the sparkling water.
  • Add ice cubes and lemon wedge, and you're done.


Serving: 1Cocktail | Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Proof: 9.8% vol
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Tips for preparing the Limoncello Spritz

The cocktail tastes even better when you make the limoncello yourself. It makes the sparkling drink extra delicious. To do this, you need oranges, vodka, and sugar. A store-bought limoncello also works well and makes the preparation much faster.

If you like it a bit sourer, you can add 1 to 2 squirts of lemon juice to the glass. This enhances the lemon flavor. But you should be careful not to overdo it: Too much lemon juice will drown out the other ingredients, which is why you should use it sparingly.

You can also use some gin and tonic instead of sparkling water. But that makes the cocktail slightly bitter, which is not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s the sparkling water that gives the original recipe a special touch. One of the variations of the drink includes gin and tonic.

Frequently asked questions about Limoncello Spritz

In what glass do you serve Limoncello Spritz?

The bright yellow color is best shown off in a wine glass. The wine glass also offers enough space for ice cubes and decorations. Since the drink is served as an apéritif after dinner, it can also be used for an elegant toast.

Which Prosecco is suitable for Limoncello Spritz?

An Italian Prosecco goes well with an Italian cocktail. It should be a Prosecco with a fresh and cheerful flavor that goes well with the lemon aroma.

What is the difference between Limoncino and Limoncello?

There is no difference between these two products. They’re both the same thing. The names are related to the region of the product. The limoncello is made in southern Italy, whereas the Limoncino is made in northern Italy. There is still disagreement about what the original version is.

Über Leon Zeschke | Avatar of leon zeschkeLeon is a food blogger, nutritionist, and passionate cocktail nerd. He loves trying out new cocktails and sharing his creations. Jonas is also one of the founders and part of the editorial team of
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