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Festive Holiday Cocktail: Cranberry Limoncello Spritzer

A Sweet-Tart Cran-Limoncello Sparkler

Every few months, I host a book club in my home, and find it a lovely occasion to try out a new cocktail. This time around, I couldn't wait to incorporate ingredients that evoke the holidays, like cranberries and the zesty Italian after-dinner favorite, limoncello.

This three-ingredient sipper couldn't be easier to pull together; it simply calls for seltzer, limoncello, and cranberry juice — no shaker required. Yet the payoff is in spades: "What went into this? Can I have the recipe?" friends asked me throughout the night. I assured them that even the most bar-challenged could make this drink. For a pretty garnish that's a hint of what's to come, toss in a few fresh cranberries, too. Keep reading for the recipe.

Photos: Nicole Perry




1/2 cup seltzer
1/4 cup limoncello
1/4 cup cranberry juice
2 strips of lemon peel, for garnish
6-8 cranberries, for garnish


  1. Stir together the seltzer, limoncello, and cranberry juice. Pour into two glasses filled with ice. Garnish each drink with a lemon peel and three or four cranberries.
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DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 6 years
This will be a perfect recipe to go along with my Christmas gifts -- bottles of homemade limoncello! I can tie these on with a pretty ribbon and make sure I buy some cranberry juice and seltzer to the tasting party!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
the first time I heard of Limoncello was when Danny Devito went on TV drunk off the drink. :) When I was in Italy I got a dishtowel that has a limencello recipe on it but it's in Italian (which I can't read or speak). Forever a mystery to me. Never had one either. I'll give this a try.
nancita nancita 6 years
This sounds deliciously easy! thanks.
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 6 years
Oh how delicious that sounds! I think I have found my new yuletide cocktail! :drool:
AmberHoney AmberHoney 6 years
I've never had that limoncello and it sounds divine!
mlen mlen 6 years
sounds simple and yummy- i need to pick up some limoncello soon!
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