Pat and I met while we were studying abroad in Italy. Of course, there was a certain amount of ‘carefree’ ness that comes with being twenty and living abroad, but there was also something about being in Italy that invited you to take a breath. Have an actual conversation. Two hours for dinner was a quick evening. You could get lost in a conversation on the piazza after lunch because the city shut down for a break from noon to two — you had nowhere to be for that moment in time. Every day.
That’s the inspiration for this first summer cocktail time-out: a mint limoncello spritzer. Sweet coastal Italian flavor, warm breezes off of the Positano shoreline, and an invitation to converse.
Don’t forget the garnish and fancy glasses. Why? Because it’s Thursday.
- 1/4 cup Limoncello
- 3 sprigs of fresh mint
- 1 Lemon (plus lemon slices to garnish)
- 1 cup White Wine
- Crushed Ice
- Using a blender, combine limoncello, one sprig of mint, the juice of one lemon, and zest from half the lemon. Strain.
- In a cocktail shaker, mix wine, lemon mixture, and crushed ice.
- Pour into glasses. Garnish with mint sprig and lemon slice.