Here at New York Wine Events, we sometimes occasionally drink things that aren’t wine.
Obviously, wine is our number one choice.
Sometimes a moment calls for something with a bit more punch or just that little something extra.
When those times come, we like to turn to our friend limoncello.
Okay, so here at New York Wine Events, we sometimes occasionally drink things that aren’t wine. Obviously, wine is our number one choice but sometimes a moment calls for something with a bit more punch or just that little something extra. When those times come, we like to turn to our friend limoncello.
Never heard of it? Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur that is made by steeping lemon zest in a strong spirit like grappa or vodka until the oils are released, at which time they are mixed with a simple syrup. It comes out as this tangy, sweet but tart little beverage that is fantastic for sipping on a warm night or mixing into delicious cocktails.
We’re all about well-crafted cocktails so here are three of our favorites for you:
12 fresh basil leaves, roughly torn, plus sprigs for garnish
1 lemon, cut into sixths, plus wheels for garnish
1/4 cup simple syrup, chilled (more if you prefer the cocktail a little sweeter)
2 ounces Limoncello
4 ounces citron vodka
Sparkling rose wine, chilled
Combine the raspberries, basil, lemons and simple syrup in a small pitcher and muddle until the raspberries are mashed. Add the Limoncello and vodka. Let chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
Put crushed ice into rocks glasses and add some of the raspberry mixture. Fill to the top with sparkling wine. Garnish with lemon and raspberries and basil sprigs if desired.
Combine the vodka, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and Limoncello in a large pitcher. Just before serving, pour in the club soda and stir. Fill highball glasses with ice and pour the mixture over the ice. Garnish each drink with a slice of lemon and serve cold.
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