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Limoncello Champagne Cocktail Recipe

Happy Hour: Limoncello Champagne Cocktails

When it comes to brunch drinks, there's nothing like a mimosa, but if you have them on a regular basis, for a special occasion, it's nice to change things up. My favorite new libation is this amazing cocktail that combines limoncello with mint, lemon juice, and sparkling wine. There's a little bit of work involved because you puree the mint, lemon peel, and limoncello in a food processor or blender — however, this can be made the day before the party. Although the recipe serves two, it's pretty easy to increase the proportions of the ingredients. I was worried the sugar rim was going to make the beverage too sweet, but it was just right: it's tart, refreshing, springy, and just plain wonderful. To get the recipe, read more.

Photos: Nicole Perry

Limoncello-Mint Champagne Cocktail

Limoncello-Mint Champagne Cocktail

Notes

Use a sharp vegetable peeler to remove the lemon peel without including the bitter white pith.

Limoncello Champagne Cocktail Recipe 2011-04-21 16:53:18

Ingredients

  1. 1/4 cup mint leaves
  2. 1/4 cup limoncello
  3. 2 tablespoons granulated sugar plus additional for dipping Champagne flutes
  4. Lemon peel strips from 1 lemon
  5. 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice plus 1 lemon wedge
  6. About 1 cup chilled Champagne, or sparkling wine

Directions

  1. Place mint, limoncello, 2 tablespoons sugar, and lemon strips in blender; blend until mint is finely chopped (lemon peel will be coarsely chopped), 10 seconds.
  2. Strain into small cup; discard solids.
  3. Run lemon wedge around rim of 2 Champagne flutes. Dip rims into sugar.
  4. Divide limoncello mixture and lemon juice between flutes. Top with Champagne.

Makes 2 drinks.

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