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Happy Hour: Limoncello Collins

A little while back, we received a bottle of Limoncé, Italy's "Number One Selling Limoncello." We planned on trying it straight, but when I stumbled across a recipe for a Limoncello Collins, I knew we had to try that instead. The original recipe asks you to make a large batch in a pitcher, unfortunately we didn't have a one at the Sugar HQ and we whipped up individual drinks instead. However, I wished we had used a pitcher; it was difficult to get the ratio just right and tedious to mix up several — sort of like lemonade, you might as well make one big batch. Yet the result was a delicious, not to mention deceptively naughty, drink. If you're mixing these up for friends, have extra bubbly water (or lemon/lime soda) on hand. Half the folks thought it was too strong, while the other half thought the mix of Limoncé mixed and Bluecoat gin was just right.

To get the recipe for the refreshing take on an old classic,

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Limoncello Collins

Limoncello Collins

Limoncello Collins

Ingredients

  1. 16 ounces limoncello
  2. 12 ounces gin
  3. 8 ounces fresh lemon juice
  4. 24 paper thin lemon slices
  5. Ice
  6. 16 ounces chilled club soda*
  7. 8 mint sprigs
  1. *We substituted sparkling water for club soda. You could also substitute with lemon/lime soda.

Directions

  1. In a pitcher, combine the limoncello, gin, and lemon juice.
  2. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours.
  3. Press 3 thin lemon slices against the inside of each of 8 collins glasses.
  4. Add ice to the glasses.
  5. Stir the limoncello mixture and pour it into the glasses.
  6. Stir 2 ounces of club soda into each drink and garnish with a mint sprig.
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