This drink was also featured on Giada’s show, just like the Nonna Luna’s Rice that I just made, and is as pretty to look at as it is to drink! Well, sort of. Giada used blueberries instead of raspberries. But it is the height of raspberry season right now, and blueberries are still coming into their own – they won’t peak here for a couple weeks yet. While raspberries complement a good dark chocolate really well (and is one of my favorite food combinations ever), they also happen to pair magnificently with lemons. This cool spritzy drink is super refreshing on a hot summery afternoon, and is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser for your guests!
Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis
A couple sprigs of mint
2 parts lemon flavored sparkling mineral water
1 part Limoncello liqueur
1. At least an hour ahead of time, put raspberries in the freezer. Alternatively, you could use frozen raspberries, but freezing the fresh ones keeps them from being so runny.
2. Add a couple of crushed small leaves/pieces of mint to each glass and add some frozen raspberries – these will serve as your ice cubes!
3. Add limoncello, then sparkling water.
If you want this drink to be non-alcoholic, I would do 2 parts lemonade to 1 part sparkling water. The limoncello is a lot stronger in flavor than lemonade would be, and so if you make this with lemonade instead you are going to need more.
The original recipe uses a much higher proportion of limoncello than I listed here. Feel free to change this to your taste. It was a bit too much limoncello for my taste that way, and felt that there was plenty of lemony flavor the way I listed it here. I am sure the lemon flavored spritzy water helped keep it from tasting diluted. Also, using the raspberries for ice cubes helps too.
Wonderfully, there were no gluten issues with this drink, which my husband really appreciated!!