Thursday, January 19, 2012

Enjoy summer sipping the Italian way - with Limoncello di Capri!

Italians have always understood the importance of enjoying a night with friends and living “la dolce vita.” This summer, get swept away into that Italian culture with some light and refreshing Limoncello di Capri cocktails. Although this liqueur is traditionally drunk on its own, its bright, tart lemon taste lends a bold flavor to these summer cocktails below.

The Lemon Pop is the perfect summer refreshment, combining the Limoncello di Capri with fresh lemons, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup. Topped with sparkling Prosecco, this cocktail is sure to be a hit at any summer soiree.

Those looking for something different will enjoy the Sunburst Fizz, created by The Cocktail Guru Jonathan Pogash. With a mixture of Limoncello, Van Gogh BLUE Vodka or Gin, cinnamon blood orange syrup, and a splash of Prosecco, this unique and sophisticated cocktail is ideal for warm weather imbibing.

While delicious in these cocktails, Limoncello di Capri is just as delectable on its own. Created with only fresh-picked lemons and high-quality ingredients in Italy, this “digestivo” is the perfect end to a relaxing dinner when served chilled and sipped.

With Limoncello di Capri, one can feel like a true Italian right in their backyard. So do as the Italians do, and indulge in the summer flavor in this traditional liqueur. Salute!

Lemon Pop
Limoncello di Capri
Fresh Lemons
Simple Syrup
Fresh Lime Juice
Topped with Prosecco
Garnish Lemon Twist
Combine Limoncello, lemons, syrup, and lime juice in a mixing glass and shake well. Pour into a flute or martini glass and top with Prosecco and lemon twist.

Sunburst Fizz
Created by The Cocktail Guru Jonathan Pogash
1 oz. Van Gogh Gin or Van Gogh BLUE Vodka
3/4 oz. Limoncello di Capri
3/4 oz. cinnamon blood orange syrup
splash of Mionetto Prosecco
Directions: Shake first three ingredients very well with ice and strain into a chilled, cinnamon sugar-rimmed cocktail glass. Top off with the Mionetto Prosecco.
Garnish: thin orange (or clementine) wheel and cinnamon sugar-rimmed glass

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