A Lemony Cocktail for Summer

I absolutely love all things citrus–particularly in drink form, particularly in the summertime.  Two of my favorite beverages are the Aranciata and Limonata sodas from Italy.  San Pellegrino makes and distributes them here in the US, and they are widely available in grocery stores (usually sold in cans).  The Aranciata is sweet and orange-flavored while the Limonata is lemony and more on the tart side. Both are lightly carbonated.  They are crisp and refreshing all on their own, but also make fantastic mixers!

Lemon and mint are a great summery combination, so I added some vodka to the mix to create a delicious cocktail.  The result is a slightly fizzy lemonade for grown-ups which was recently featured as the Recipe of the Week on SuzySaid.com.   Sip away!

Vodka Limonata with Mint
Makes 2 drinks

2 ounces vodka
1 tablespoon minted simple syrup (see below)
1 can San Pellegrino Limonata Italian soda
1 bunch fresh mint
lemon slices for garnish

Place vodka and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice.

Shake to combine and divide evenly between two glasses.

Top with about 4 ounces of limonata soda and garnish with a lemon slice and a sprig of fresh mint.  Add ice if desired.

To make minted simple syrup, combine 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and add a handful of fresh mint leaves.  Allow leaves to steep in the hot syrup.  Cool completely, remove mint leaves, and store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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One Response to “A Lemony Cocktail for Summer”

  1. Karen Says:

    I love limonite, it is such a refreshing soda. I will difinately try your cocktail.

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