Thursday, April 21, 2011

Lemon Sparkler

This is a refreshing drink that can be enjoyed with brunch and is nice way to enjoy the summer sun. Here are the ingredients:

- Juice of 2 Lemons
- 1 tsp of sugar
- 2 shots of mid-range vodka (e.g. Smirnoff, Skyy, etc.)
- 1 bottle of Asti Spumante (~$8-12 at your local wine store)
- Around 300 mL of Limoncello (from Italy, use a brand such as Pallini) [this is a little less than 1/2 the bottle]

Dissolve the sugar in the lemon juice. Add vodka, stirring to mix. Next add the limoncello and top with ice. Finish by adding the Asti (it's a very sweet sparkling wine) to provide the bubbles. Garnish with some lemon slices and serve in flutes. Cheers.

Note: Italian sparklers work nicely in this drink because they are cheaper and lighter than French Champagne. You can substitute Prosecco, another Italian sparkling wine for Asti if you'd like. Prosecco is dry, unlike the sweet Asti, so if you do use Prosecco, you can double the amount of sugar added.

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