Blueberry-Limoncello Cooler – Summer Cocktail

I came across this easy and tasty sounding cocktail using Limoncello and Blueberries while perusing Foodnetwork.com. I liked the combination of lemon and blueberry and the picture looked really pretty:

Picture of Blueberry-Limoncello Cooler Recipe

I’ve always been curious about the Limoncello in the liquor store and decided this cocktail sounded like a great way to try it. If you don’y know what Limoncello is, here’s a little wikipedia definition for you:

Limoncello (Italian pronunciation: [limonˈtʃɛllo]) is an Italian lemon liqueur mainly produced in Southern Italy, especially in the region around the Gulf of Naples, the Sorrentine Peninsula and the coast of Amalfi and islands of Procida, Ischia and Capri, but also in Sicily, Sardinia, Menton in France, and the Maltese island of Gozo. Traditionally, it is made from Sorrento lemon peel, though most lemons will produce satisfactory limoncello.

Limoncello is traditionally served chilled as an after-dinner digestivo. Along the Amalfi Coast, it is usually served in small ceramic glasses themselves often of both ceramic and limoncello production. This tradition has been carried into other parts of Italy.

 

Making this cocktail was very simple and after reading the reviews, I changed it a bit. Most of the reviews said that the drink was very strong and suggested using Sprite instead of club soda to add some sugar. They also suggested using more of the Sprite than the recipe called for to dilute it more.

I simply poured 1/2 a bottle of Limoncello that we found in the liquor store and 1 liter of Sprite and then added washed blueberries. Be sure to chill add the ingredients so that the drink is cold and refreshing and feel free to add ice if you plan to serve it immediately. I did not have mint leaves so I did not add them but I don’t think it negatively affected the drink.

It tasted lemony and refreshing, just how I had hoped! The blueberries looked very pretty floating in the drink and I liked that I could mix it up in a large pitcher, perfect for a Summer BBQ.

Here is the full recipe from Foodnetwork.com:

Ingredients

  • 1 (750-ml) bottle limoncello liqueur, chilled
  • 1 cup sparkling water, chilled
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries *see Cook’s Note
  • 5 fresh mint sprigs, lightly crushed, plus extra for garnish
  • Crushed ice

Directions

In a pitcher, combine the limoncello, sparkling water, blueberries, and mint sprigs.

Fill highball glasses halfway with crushed ice. Pour about 1/2 cup of the limoncello mixture over the ice in each glass.

Garnish with mint sprigs and serve.

*Cook’s Note: If using frozen blueberries, add them to the pitcher just before serving.

 

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