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Brunch Cocktails go Gourmet: All About Signature Limoncello Spritz

It is what it is: A brunch is not really a brunch without a proper brunch cocktails menu. Brunch and cocktails go hand in hand. And that’s why the quest for the best brunch in Atlanta and the best limoncello spritz belong together. 

If you’re a faithful brunch lover and you’re looking to give it a gourmet twist, this is the guide for you. Here’s all about the most gourmet brunch cocktail to upgrade your brunch experience. All from the classic recipe for when you want a homemade innovative brunch, your go-to spot in Atlanta and pairing options. 

Because when it comes to brunch, every detail counts. So, brunchers of the world, you can bookmark this guide now because we’re going to brunch it all up. 

Limoncello or lemoncello is a traditional Italian lemon liqueur produced mainly in southern Italy, especially in the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento and Capri regions. Made from the lemon peels, it captures the essence of fresh lemons in a sweet but tart liqueur. 

As such, this creamy yellow drink is known for its intense lemon flavor and aromatic properties, making it a popular choice for both sipping and mixing in cocktails. Among the best brunch cocktails, limoncello definitely gives us that sunny touch to start the day off on the right note. 

The origins of limoncello are steeped in tradition and legend, and its history dates back at least to the early 20th century, although some claim it goes back further. 

The most popular story attributes the birth of the delicious liqueur to the romantic island of Capri. Here, in the early 20th century, Mrs. Maria Antonia Farace was tending her own aromatic garden of lemon and orange trees in the small boarding house she managed.

Years later, Mrs. Maria’s son, following in his mother’s footsteps, opened a small artisanal production of lemon-based liqueur, for which he registered the trademark. Thus appeared the first limoncello in history. This version, however, is followed by others that attribute the birth of limoncello to Sorrento and Amalfi.

As we can see, like any good legend, the true origin of limoncello is hidden behind the myth. The important thing is that its special color, flavor and creamy texture crossed seas and generations. And so, with the modern addition of sparkling wine, the limoncello spritz has made its way into gourmet brunch cocktails menus around the world. 

Thus, since Mission Market dedicates a very special section to the brunch menu, we made our own version of this favorite among the gourmet brunch cocktails. Thus was born our Roman Holiday cocktail, a mix between our signature lemoncello, lavender honey and sparkling wine. 

So if you are looking for your signature cocktail at brunch, we have the one for you. We wouldn’t be the best restaurant in Atlanta if brunch were not properly invited to the table. Because for us, brunch is not just another item in your day or on our menu, it’s an event in itself. 

For those craving a homemade brunch, here goes the traditional limoncello spritz recipe to making this delicacy at home:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz limoncello
  • 3 oz sparkling wine (prosecco or champagne)
  • 1 oz of soda 
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon slices and fresh mint for garnish.

Instructions:

  1. Fill a large wine glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour 2 oz of limoncello over the ice.
  3. Add 3 oz of sparkling wine to the glass.
  4. Top off with 1 oz of soda for extra fizz.
  5. Stir gently to combine ingredients.
  6. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprig of fresh mint.
  7. Serve immediately and enjoy your refreshing limoncello spritz.

Special tip: If you’re going all in, pour it into wine glasses or champagne flutes for the finishing touch.

The beauty of a limoncello spritz is its versatility, making it an excellent companion to various brunch dishes. 

For a well-rounded Mediterranean diet inspired brunch, consider pairing your brunch cocktails with some Mediterranean hummus as an appetizer. The subtle hint of lemon juice in the creaminess of hummus complements the limoncello spritz beautifully. 

In this manner, Avocado toast, a brunch favorite, also pairs wonderfully, since its creamy profile balances the cocktail’s citrusy zing. 

On the other hand, seasonal fruit pancakes and chicken waffles offer a smooth contrast to all that citric note. With the sweetness of the pancakes and the crispness of the chicken waffles, you have the full brunch experience.

Lemoncello is quickly becoming a favorite choice for those looking to add a gourmet twist to their brunch cocktails. 

Adding the limoncello spritz or our Roman holiday cocktail to your brunch cocktails repertoire is the way to up your brunch game. 

By exploring different recipes and pairings, you can enjoy lemoncello in a variety of ways, ensuring that your brunch is always a memorable and enjoyable occasion. 

As the saying goes: If life gives you lemons, brunch with limoncello.