LIMONCELLO VODKA TONIC

LIMONCELLO VODKA TONIC…way to “one up” the vodka tonic!

LIMONCELLO VODKA TONIC

LIMONCELLO VODKA TONIC

LIMONCELLO VODKA TONIC

Lets talk Limoncello! Limoncello is nectar from the Italian Gods!  Or in my case it is a sweet concoction with a high alcohol content from an Italian husband!  In our family when we think about  Limoncello we think about Christmas.  Why you may ask?  We think about this specialty drink around Christmas because my husband makes a huge batch of it, bottles it up in pretty little bottles and hands it out as Christmas presents.  This is not the overly sweet stuff you buy at your local liquor store.  My husband uses Everclear (which is like 500% alcohol…lol) and beautiful fresh lemons to create a drink that no one can pass up (well at least no Italian!!!  lol).  I have attached his Limoncello Recipe, which is actually passed down to us from a friends Italian mother.  You know anything passed down by an Italian grandmother or mother is the real deal!

LIMONCELLO VODKA TONIC

LIMONCELLO VODKA TONIC

Limoncello can be either sipped slowly and as an after dinner aperitif or it can be added to other cocktail recipes to “liven” or freshen them up a bit.  If you are a real daredevil you can drink them as shots, but I can promise you that you will wake up with a horrid hangover!  I found a recipe on Food & Wine for a Limoncello Collins.  This recipe calls for gin, but we are not gin fans at our house….we are more of a vodka family! That recipe also calls for “soda”, but I prefer tonic.  If we are being honest here….my cocktail of choice is usually a Vodka Tonic.  I decided to switch a few things up and created a Limoncello Vodka Tonic.  The fresh lemon and mint in this cocktail is reminiscent of summer, but the Limoncello in this drink to me screams Christmas!  Get your Rudolph glasses ready, make some home-made Limoncello and bottoms up!

LIMONCELLO VODKA TONIC
Serves 8
A vodka tonic kicked up a notch with shot of fresh made Limoncello!
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Ingredients
  1. 16 ounces limoncello
  2. 12 ounces vodka
  3. 8 ounces fresh lemon juice
  4. 24 paper thin slices of lemon
  5. ice
  6. 16 ounces chilled tonic
  7. 8 fresh mint sprigs
Notes
  1. Combine in a pitcher: limoncello, vodka and lemon juice. Cover and place in fridge until chilled, at least 2 hours. Place 3 thin lemon slices against the inside of each 8 cocktail glasses. Add ice to the glasses. Stir the limoncello mixture and pour into each of the 8 glasses. Stir 2 ounces of tonic into each drink. Place a sprig of mint in each glass smash the mint leaves a bit with the back of a spoon and stir.
Adapted from Food & Wine "Limoncello Collins"
Adapted from Food & Wine "Limoncello Collins"
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