Limoncello Spritz | Villa di Como

Chef Ali Celik has long served his family's smooth, sweet limoncello liqueur and now you can make his Limoncello Spritz, whether you have limoncello in your cabinet or you're keen to make your own. It makes the perfect welcome aperitif or after-dinner sipper. Don't forget to check out Villa di Como Restaurante.


For 1 Person(s)

Kitchen Raid: Modern Cocktails

2 ounces limoncello
3 ounces Prosecco
1 splash sparkling water
lemon peel, to garnish

Limoncello Spritz | Villa di Como Directions

Limoncello Spritz, by Chef Ali Celik

  1. Pour the limoncello in a champagne glass. 
  2. Fill up with Prosecco. 
  3. Top with a splash of soda water.


See recipe notes to make your own limoncello! 

Recipe notes


It doesn't get much easier than this. All you'll need to make your own limoncello is vodka, lemon peels, and patience. All you're doing is infusing the vodka with the essence of the lemon peel, so you'll want to note that some lemons will be sweeter or more bitter, but since you mix the spirit with simple syrup (a sugar-water solution), you can adjust the sweetness accordingly. 

Tip! Ideally, use 100 proof vodka or other high proof grain alcohol as the result will be smoother and it better absorbs the lemon oils. However, 80 proof is fine, and cheaper, and you won't need to add as much sugar syrup to the mix. 


8-10 organic lemons, washed

1 750 ml bottle of vodka 

2 cups of sugar

2 cups of water


  1. In advance: Remove the lemon peels from the lemons using a vegetable peeler (avoid catching much of the white pith) and cover the lemon peels. Put the peels in a 1 quart mason jar and cover to the brim with vodka. Screw on the lid and lightly shake to distribute. 
  2. Leave the vodka out of direct sunlight for 4 days or up to a month. The longer you leave it, the more lemony it will get. 

To prepare the limoncello: 

  1. Heat the 2 cups of water and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in the 2 cups of sugar until dissolved. Leave to cool.
  2. Strain the lemons and vodka through a coffee filter placed inside a sieve. Taste the limoncello. 
  3. Add half a cup of the cooled simple sugar syrup and taste. Add more simple syrup until you have reached your desired sweetness. 
  4. Chill the limoncello in the fridge or freezer for at least 4 hours. Store in the fridge or freezer for up to a year and enjoy your limoncello year round! 




















2 oz limoncello
3 oz Prosecco
Splash of sparkling water

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