This Limoncello Thyme Spritzer is one of the easiest and most refreshing ways to enjoy a mixed drink with Limoncello. The lemon-flavored liqueur is the star of this drink, which is light and really simple to make. It's a tasty sip and comes together super quickly for those lazy summer afternoons!
The traditional way to enjoy limoncello is just straight out of the freezer, but it's super versatile as a mixer. In this drink I wanted it to shine a bit more, so I kept it really simple. This is the perfect drink to try out a batch of homemade Limoncello!
It's simple, not too strong, and the fresh thyme makes it feel fancy as heck. Also, the thyme and lemon peel aren't just garnishes. They add a really nice aroma and flavor each time you take a sip.
To make this simple spritzer, you'll need the following:
- Limoncello - I used homemade, but store-bought is fine
- Vodka (optional)
- Lemon bitters
- Fresh thyme
To make this drink, you'll ideally want to have a cocktail shaker and strainer. However, if you don't have one, you can also stir this one with ice and strain out the ice to serve.
You'll also need cocktail serving glasses. I used a coupe glass style, but any cocktail glass will do. Just make sure they're on the small side (around 5 ounces). Since they're served without ice, they'll get warm fairly quickly.
If you don't have Limoncello on hand, you can substitute almost any kind of fruit-flavored liqueur according to your taste. The thyme works best with citrus, but a strawberry liqueur would also go really well here.
You can also use tonic instead of seltzer if you'd like to add a little extra bitterness and sweetness.
This would be a great drink to serve at a party, bottle-style! Just put out some bottles of Limoncello, vodka and seltzer, all on ice, with instructions for your guests. If you're feeling ambitious, you can mark on the serving glasses where to fill each ingredient to in the glass. Add the garnishes directly to each glass beforehand so your guests can enjoy the flavors!
Other Cocktails You Might Like
- Make your own Homemade Limoncello to use in this spritzer.
- Another refreshing, low-ABV drink is this Cucumber Gin Cocktail.
- Try a French 75 for a classic cocktail that tastes light and refreshing, but is a little on the stronger side.
Limoncello Thyme Spritzer
- Add the limoncello, vodka and bitters to a shaker with some ice.2½ oz limoncello, 1½ oz vodka, 4 dashes lemon bitters
- Rub a couple sprigs of thyme between your fingers and add it to the shaker.4 sprigs fresh thyme
- Shake to dilute, about 15-20 shakes.
- Strain into two coupe glasses.
- Top with seltzer.6 oz seltzer
- Garnish with more thyme and a lemon twist.4 sprigs fresh thyme, lemon peel