Spring is in the air with this Mint Limonata Julep!

Springtime Mint Limonata Julep

Enjoy the flavors of Spring with Meyer lemons and fresh Mint in this Limonata Julep cocktail.

Enjoy the flavors of Spring in this Limonata Julep with Meyer Lemons and fresh Mint.

Springtime provides inspiration for art, poetry, and even cocktails! The fresh citrus taste of this bright sunny-colored spring cocktail will have you saying “Salute” to this Mint Limonata Julep.

Like its cousin, the Mint Julep, the Limonata Julep is a mix of bourbon, fresh mint, and our homemade simple syrup but with the added touch of Limoncello. The combination of ingredients makes this Julep cocktail the perfect after dinner drink.

Limoncello is an Italian lemon flavored after dinner liquor made from the zest of lemons from the Amalfi coast. This lemon liquor is traditionally served icy-cold, as Limoncello is kept in the in the freezer. Limoncello varies in proof depending on the base liquor you soak the lemons in, which ranges from Vodka to Everclear.

Some commercial Limoncellos are very sweet, which is why many folks like to make Limoncello at home. The process of making Limoncello takes a few weeks, but making it at home allows you to controll the sugar content and lemony essence, which is well worth the work.

Bourbon and Limoncello might seem like the Odd Couple when it comes to Spirits, but when you put them together the taste will surprise you. Maker’s Mark and homemade Limoncello is a great combination, which is why we used it to make this cocktail.

We used Meyer lemons, which are sweeter than regular lemons, to make Limoncello so we could cut back on the amount of simple syrup If you use a lemoncello made from more acidic lemons, add 1 ounce simple syrup.

This is how you make a Mint Limonata Julep!

Mint Limonata Julep

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Limoncello
  • 1 Ounce Bourbon
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 2 to 5 Fresh Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Meyer Lemon for Garnish
  • Mint Sprigs for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemless Wine Glass
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Mint Limonata Julep: Press a few mint leaves against the bottom of a glass with the back of a spoon, and pour the bourbon on top. Add ice and simple syrup to glass. Top with lemoncello and stir together. Squeeze and drop a wedge of meyer lemon into each glass and garnish with a sprig or two of fresh mint. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 198 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 22 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 18 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 3

Spring is in the air with this Mint Limonata Julep!

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Enjoy this delicious Italian Hot Toddy, Amaretto tea.

Amaretto Tea: An Italian Hot Toddy

Let’s get cozy with a spiked tea recipe

With January declared “Hot Tea Month,” it only seems appropriate to share a special spiked tea recipe! Staying in the spirit, we’re mixing up an interesting Italian Hot Toddy recipe called Amaretto Tea.

Amaretto pairs wonderfully with tea and milk in this Italian Hot Toddy recipe

If you’re still in hibernation mode, I don’t blame you. The cold weather that winter brings is enough to make me scurry under a pile of blankets. While we still have a couple months to go until the temperatures start to rise, enjoying a hot cup of tea is one sure way to warm you up.

Tea has been the drink of choice for many over the thousands of years since its discovery in Asia. There are over 3,000 varieties and five basic categories of tea: black, green, oolong, white, and puer. With this many options, it’s no wonder that tea is only second to water for the most consumed beverage in the world! (Can you believe that coffee drinkers?!)

Amaretto Tea is sure to hit the spot when you’re craving a warm cocktail with a unique flavor. Amaretto is a liqueur the originated in Saronno, Italy and its name in Italian means “a little bitter.” The meaning behind its name is deceiving though as the taste is described as a rich, velvety almond flavor. It is made using a base of almonds, apricot pits, or a combination of the two.

Keep the tea for this recipe basic (Lipton’s works wonderfully) so you don’t mix flavors that would compete with the amaretto. Tea contains tannin which makes it acidic, while the amaretto and cream are sweet. This helps to balance out the flavors. I happened to think this combination tastes similar to a chai latte but with the extra kick of liqueur.

Even though the ingredients in this recipe have a detailed background, the drink itself is very simple to make. So, when you’re cozy in your house on a cold winter night, give this hot toddy a try. I promise it won’t disappoint.

Warm up with this Amaretto Tea Hot Toddy recipe!

Amaretto Tea

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 6 Ounces Hot Tea
  • 2 Ounces Amaretto Almond Liqueur
  • 1-2 Ounces Cream
  • Cinnamon for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Café glass
  • Spoon

Preparation

Amaretto Tea : Pour hot tea into a cafe glass. Add amaretto and cream. Stir everything together. Garnish with Cinnamon and enjoy.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 152 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 11 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 9

Try this delicious Italian Hot Toddy, the Amaretto tea cocktail.

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Drink of the Week - Sgroppino

Drink of the Week: Sgroppino

Just like Nona used to make!

Move over Margaritas, this delicious Venetian classic is here ‘to untie’ your choke hold on the frozen cocktail competition! Mix yourself up some citrus deliciousness with this Drink of the Week: the Sgroppino al Limone.

Drink of the Week - Sgroppino
 

Italian classics make great cocktails, don’t you think?

Who doesn’t love a good lemon sorbet? Especially when it’s lovingly drenched in vodka and Prosecco. The Sgroppino is a summer favorite in Venice, Italy where temperatures dance in the mid-80’s during the summer months. This drink was made and passed around by the aunts and uncles at some summer family dinners when I was a kid. Of course, I couldn’t enjoy it back them, but now I find myself sipping on them in the southern summer heat on the back porch as early as mid-April.

While it is undervalued in restaurants and cocktail bars here in the US, the Sgroppino al Limone is a popular Italian favorite as a common palate cleanser that makes for a wonderful dessert drink. In Italy, ‘digestivos’ are commonly drunk after a meal, but this digestivo is so fresh and clean that it makes a great companion for a warm sunny day. They help to refresh you after the meal and restore you in the heat a bit. Here’s how to whisk yourself up this delicious little treat.

 

Sgroppino al Limone

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Cup Chilled Prosecco
  • 2 Tbs Chilled Vodka
  • 1/3 Cup Lemon Sorbet
  • 1/4 Tsp Fresh Chopped Mint
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Small bowl or pitcher
  • Whisk
  • Champagne Flutes

 

Preparation

Sgroppino al Limone: Chill champagne flutes in the freezer for 4 to 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together the Prosecco, Vodka, and lemon sorbet in a small chilled bowl or pitcher. Remember to not whisk too much or it will become too liquidy. Remove glasses from freezer, pour in the Sgroppino mixture, and garnish with mint. For extra lemony flavor, add a spoonful of the lemon sorbet on top. Divertiti (Enjoy yourself)!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 157 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 12.5 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 1 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 7

 

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