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Limoncello and Prosecco Cooler with Raspberry Ice Cubes

Limoncello and Prosecco Cooler with Raspberry Ice Cubes

by Creative Culinary on May 11, 2012

I can’t drink Limoncello without thinking of Boston. After my daughter Emily graduated from college her first job as a teacher was at a private school in the small town of Milford, CT. The summer after her first year of teaching, I traveled from Denver to New York City, met my sister Laura there and we drove to Milford. We spent a couple of days exploring that charming town and eating a TON of lobster but then headed to Boston for five days. Five days of gorgeous weather, never seeing a whale on a boat we went out on just to see whales and meeting some of the most amazing people.

I’ve heard more than one person lament their own experience in Boston and it usually includes having to deal with rude and impatient people. We must have been blessed; our entire trip was filled with the most fun people imaginable. I do think we lucked out that we stayed at a gorgeous Bed and Breakfast in the North End; that turned out to be the perfect choice.  I’ve not been to Italy but this felt close; the language, the humor and the amazing generosity of spirit we experienced. Everyone was so friendly and fun, even the pet lobster from the Union Oyster House (featured with my daughter and sis above) .

Sure we made it up to Harvard, bought the requisite sweatshirts too and at least made of point of driving by Cheers (loved that show) but I could not wait to get back ‘home’ to our B&B and just visit with the local shopkeepers, have the best damn Eggplant Marinara sandwich imaginable at a small local deli and be treated by the owner of my favorite restaurant to Limoncello after dinner. Great dinner, windows open to the street, twinkle lights sparkling everywhere and Limoncello? It was almost magical.

I had never had Limoncello before and I can promise you this…I’ve never been without it since. I make a favorite lemon cheesecake and have found that adding some Limoncello does not hurt one little bit but typically I just drink it straight up; out of the freezer ice cold. I’ve got some I’ve made myself in my brewing facility (you might call it a garage) that is almost ready and I’ll be posting on that process soon but until then I had to share this amazing little cocktail with you today.

I was ready to do a post on the my home version (done now!) but in just mentioning it to my friend Jenn (especially since I thought it needed another week), she told me about this cocktail she had made with Limoncello. I still had some in a bottle I had purchased and I just knew I had to do this. Originally a recipe from Giada De Laurentiis; Jenn had substituted raspberries for blueberries and since that combination is such a favorite of mine I had no intention of revising again; it was the perfect choice. While I’m certain this is a great light ‘cooler’ I did not have sparkling water on hand but I did have sparkling wine (no big surprise there right?). I am a huge fan of both Cava (sparkling wine from Spain) and Prosecco (the same from Italy) and love it mixed with other liqueurs…besides doesn’t Limoncello and Prosecco seem like the perfect Italian apertif? Glad you agree…cause I sure thought so! This was simply wonderful and I can see it going from brunch to dinner and with a bit of vodka even beyond! Salut!

Make this for a Mom in your life this Sunday…it would be perfect!

Limoncello and Prosecco Cooler with Raspberry Ice Cubes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 cocktails

Limoncello and Prosecco Cooler with Raspberry Ice Cubes

Ingredients

  • Fresh raspberries (approximately 5 per cocktail)
  • A couple of sprigs of mint
  • 4 oz cold sparkling wine or lemon flavored sparkling mineral water
  • 2 oz Limoncello liqueur, cold (I keep mine in the freezer; it doesn't freeze because of the alcohol content)

Preparation

  1. Put your glasses in the freezer if possible, or at least the fridge so that they are cold.
  2. Put the raspberries on a plate; separated from each other and place in the freezer at least 15 minutes before serving time
  3. Gently 'smush' a couple of small mint leaves and add to each glass along with 5-6 of the frozen raspberry ice cubes.
  4. Add limoncello, then the sparkling wine or water.

Notes

The proportions for this cocktail use less Limoncello than Giada did. You might want to have a higher proportion of Limoncello but I thought this was perfect.

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1 Heather March 21, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Can you mix it all together in a pitcher?? So people can serve themselves at a party

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2 Creative Culinary March 21, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Because the Prosecco has bubbles I would not recommend it; I would worry it would go flat. I would have everything else ready and then have guests top off their cocktails with the Prosecco.

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3 Eva Suzuki July 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm

My mouth watered just looking at the pic! Yum.

Eva

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4 Creative Culinary July 4, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Then mission accomplished! It is such a light and lovely cocktail…truly one of my summer favorites.

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5 RSA Online February 17, 2013 at 10:46 pm

I love the recipe. It’s delicious. I tried it yesterday and it taste awesome. Thanks for sharing the recipe to your readers.

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6 Creative Culinary February 19, 2013 at 10:40 am

You are most welcome…it’s one of my favorites too.

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7 Keianna December 31, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Found this on Pinterest and made these for New Years. They were great. Thanks for the recipe.

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8 Creative Culinary January 3, 2013 at 8:33 pm

So good to hear…I love them too!

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9 Daniela @ food recipes HQ October 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm

So fresh! I’m from the region of limo cello in Italy. I love it!
Daniela @ food recipes HQ Most Recent Post: The Masurian Lake District, Poland

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10 Creative Culinary October 5, 2012 at 10:39 am

How lucky are you…and yes, this was a lovely, light cocktail. Pretty too!

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11 Diane Hunt September 17, 2012 at 7:18 am

Your Limoncello recipe with raspberries sounded so good can’t wait to try it. This summer was the first time I made Limoncello and everyone went wild about it even my daughter that now wants to use it as a signature drink at her wedding in May. I have searched to see how to store it. Most sites say “it’s so good it doesn’t last long.” You mentioned your brewing facility (garage) so how long do you store it, in refrigerator, freezer? I don’t want it to go bad for her special day.

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12 Creative Culinary September 17, 2012 at 10:45 am

It actually lasts quite a long time; the alcohol serves as a preservative. I had to move mine out of that ‘faciliy’y in the summer when it got warm but I have some sitting on my bar that I made in November that is just fine. One reader contacted me a couple of months ago…they served that raspberry limoncello cooler at her wedding…it is so beautiful yet light, refreshing and well…did I mention beautiful?!!

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13 Millie September 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm

We keep our Limoncello in the fridge ~ have had it there for awhile and it is fine.

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14 Shirley May 28, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Boy oh boy, these look soooo refreshing! I must admit I’d not heard of limocello until I saw this post, but now I’m a believer! :-) This drink is going to be the perfect accompaniment to our Memorial Day picnic. The frozen raspberry ice cubes are just the right touch.

Oh, and DH and I are taking a trip to Boston in the fall. Mind sharing the name of the B&B you stayed at?

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15 Creative Culinary May 28, 2012 at 12:45 pm

It’s been a few years (like 8) but a web search was successful. They were beautiful suites right in the heart of the North End, it was a little like going to Italy! Not the standard B&B with communal meals though which was fine with us because we wanted to eat out a lot; they do serve a Continental breakfast each morning where guests help themselves to pastries, fruits and coffee. Absolutely beautiful accommodations.

http://www.lacappellasuites.com

This past week I did a post on how to make your own Limoncello…if you love it, that could be next!

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16 Cooks&Books&Recipes May 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I cannot wait to make this. Limoncello and Prosecco are two of my favorites, plus I can feel “healthy” because of the fruit. ;) This was on my list for the weekend, but time slipped away. That’s OK, though, cuz it’s going to be a LONG summer. I’ll have plenty of days when I’m sure this will be exactly what I need!

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17 Creative Culinary May 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Yes…that’s it; a ‘healthy’ cocktail. Well, I’ve worked hard all weekend (my yard shows it but I look dead) and I’m thinking I need this for revival, right?

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18 Priscilla - She's Cookin' May 17, 2012 at 3:18 pm

We love Boston! Our daughter and her husband live there and, soon, our first grandchild :) Granted the weather isn’t always the best, but it’s such a fun city. Next time you must dine at their restaurant in Cambridge (Catalyst). William just won Food & Wine’s Best New Chef New England. I like Limoncello but sometimes find it a bit cloying – love your fresh take on it.

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19 Creative Culinary May 18, 2012 at 8:40 am

I was stopped by a friend from packing and moving there with his stories of the winter. It’s a well kept secret that Denver weather is actually better…the mountains get all that snow…not us! I JUST read that issue…how exciting. My congrats to him and I would surely stop by if I get back there…hoping that will happen one day soon.

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20 Millie May 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Have to try this ~ It sounds so yummy! Have some Limoncello we brought back from Italy!

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21 Creative Culinary May 18, 2012 at 8:38 am

Perfect Millie…now THAT’s Italian!

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22 Millie May 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm

We just loved Italy, especially Sicily ~ And the food there is just delicious! Been there twice and would like to go again to do the Northern part one day.

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23 Sarah May 16, 2012 at 7:49 am

I need to teach my kids how to make this for next mother’s day! looks delicious!

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24 Creative Culinary May 16, 2012 at 10:35 am

Don’t wait that long! It’s far too perfect a summer cocktail to postpone for a year. :)

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25 Susan May 15, 2012 at 11:25 pm

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26 Sara @ Saucy Dipper May 15, 2012 at 11:57 am

Raspberry ice cubes! You are brilliant.

I can’t think of Limoncello without thinking of Cinque Terre in Italy. It was the first time I had it…and I had a lot of it.

I lived in Boston for two years after college. It was a tough city when the sun wasn’t out. I am convinced that spring/summer Boston is a completely different winter Boston. But the best version of Boston is in the fall. Next time you go, make it October.

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27 Creative Culinary May 16, 2012 at 10:34 am

I was so in love with it but then a friend said…not so much fun in winter and I’m sure he was right…so here I am. Which of course is good or I wouldn’t have met you! :)

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28 Kristen May 15, 2012 at 8:29 am

We are big limoncello fans around here, but I’m always looking for something more to do with it! THis looks amazing!

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29 Creative Culinary May 15, 2012 at 9:02 am

Thanks Kristen…so easy too; I’ve mentioned to others that I tried it with the lemon sparkling water after the fact and have to say that’s a great (and really light) version too. My new favorite!

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30 LP @dishclips May 14, 2012 at 11:16 pm

I love the raspberry ice cubes idea. It’s functional yet makes an amazing garnish.

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31 Creative Culinary May 15, 2012 at 9:03 am

I see myself doing that more this summer with other fruits too. The raspberry really doesn’t flavor the drink but it sure made it pretty!

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32 Cooking with Michele May 14, 2012 at 11:37 am

My kind of drink!!! Not sure if you notice any of my travel posts in Austria, Prague, and Italy recently, but I fell in love with the Aperol Spritz! Not sure I would have ever tried that if not for your guest post, so thanks!

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33 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 14, 2012 at 10:46 am

This looks incredibly refreshing and I bet it would go down so smooth this summer! Pinned!

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34 Creative Culinary May 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm

You are right on…I tried one the day after my post after finding lemon sparkling water. Oh my…if it weren’t booze I could easily season every glass of water with a bit of Limoncello!

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35 Paula May 13, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Everyone certainly looked like they were having fun at that restaurant! This drink looks so darn inviting and refreshing (amazing photographs) that I’d love a glass or two of it right now.
Hope you are enjoying a lovely Mother’s Day weekend Barb.

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36 Terra May 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Okay those pictures are just too pretty!!! And I think I have had limoncello like once, but not sure. I really should try it, it does sound wonderful:-) My dream place to live is Boston, or in Massachusetts or Connecticut :-) Someday right? Happy Mother’s Day!! Hugs, Terra

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37 Creative Culinary May 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I do love Colorado but I would be happy to return to Boston in a heartbeat! Have some Limoncello and imagine? The North End is just my kind of place…SO very Italian.

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38 Lael Hazan @educatedpalate May 13, 2012 at 5:54 am

I’ve never put the two together but it seems inspired! I adore a good lemoncella and prosecco was what we served at our wedding instead of wine!

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39 Creative Culinary May 13, 2012 at 9:43 am

Of course you did! See…I try everyday to be Italian; wait til I get that book it might be all I need for the final conversion! :)

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40 Kate | Food Babbles May 12, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I’ll be making this VERY soon!! It sounds so refreshing and it’s simply gorgeous!

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41 Creative Culinary May 13, 2012 at 9:42 am

It is the perfect light drink; I even bought some sparkling lemon soda to try after I did the post and loved it too; even lighter!

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42 Jayne May 12, 2012 at 10:31 am

Funny, we also had a great time in Boston and found the people friendly. Went to all the places you mentioned, I tried clam chowder in the Union Oyster house. Happy memories! I happen to have both Prosecco and Limoncello and its gone 5:30 here, Im off to try!! Thanks Barb, great post!

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43 Creative Culinary May 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I was shocked when people heard I went there and so many comments about the rude nature of Bostonians. They must have been in hiding huh…but then just like a lot of other things it only takes one to leave a bad impression…we were lucky to never run into that one! :)

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44 Peggy May 12, 2012 at 7:56 am

What a wonderful summer cooler =) Can’t wait to fill a pitcher up with this!

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45 Creative Culinary May 12, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Enjoy Peggy and please let me know what you think…Barb

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46 Julia May 12, 2012 at 6:48 am

The second I saw this picture on tastespotting I thought it would be perfect for Mother’s Day… and then I read your caption. Ok, confirmation, I NEED this on Mother’s Day. or today. Or both. Both, that’s fine with me!

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47 Creative Culinary May 12, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Both sounded good to me; it is so my new favorite; the ease of prep doesn’t hurt and I found a champagne keeper thingy today that is supposed to save the bubbly after it’s been opened. That would be nice; I could have one EVERY single day. YES!!

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48 Madame Croquette May 12, 2012 at 1:03 am

This looks delish! I make watermelon ice cubes, I’m sure thy will work great with this recipe !

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49 TastefullyJulie May 11, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I make homemade limoncello and I’m getting ready to make a new batch. I can’t wait until it’s done (but I’ll have to because it takes 45 days) so that I can make this drink!!

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50 Creative Culinary May 12, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Mine is almost done; very excited to try it. I’ve made so many liqueurs but this is my first attempt at Limoncello (why? I have NO idea!). Next weekend for me…so Cheers!

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51 RecipeNewZ May 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm

This cooler is simply gorgeous! I saw it on Pinterest and can’t stop thinking about it :-). And I have so many frozen raspberries – it’s perfect. Wonderful recipe!

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52 Creative Culinary May 12, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Thank you; hope you’ll try it. I would love to submit some recipes; thanks for the heads up. Not this moment but I’ve registered and I’ll put some of my favorites on there soon. Thanks!

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53 Jamie | My Baking Addiction May 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I have been meaning up pick a bottle of Limoncello forever – now, it’s officially on my shopping list. I really couldn’t imagine a more perfect cocktail and I cannot wait to hear all about your homemade version!

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54 Creative Culinary May 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm

You might even really enjoy the original recipe Jamie which used lemon sparkling water in lieu of the sparkling wine. I tried one today and it is so light and refreshing…I love them both!

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55 Hannah May 11, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Love this post and your photos! I enjoyed reading about your trip to Boston – happy you had such a lovely experience. I grew up there and just got back from visiting my folks. We had the best time…we ate our way around the city. They live near the North End, so no visit is complete without a walk through those streets and a lemon ice (from a barrel outside the shop) – so much to soak in. I always need more time!

And this cocktail? Oh yes! I adore limoncello with prosecco, and the addition of raspberries is a perfect pop of color and flavor. This is what I’ll be sipping on Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day to you!

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56 Creative Culinary May 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm

It was so perfect. We left Boston and spent a day in NYC…such a letdown. I’m from a big city; nothing about them is all that appealing to me and I just loved the ambiance of the North End. I have to get back!

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57 Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos May 11, 2012 at 12:16 pm

This looks so refreshing. I’m curious to see how your homemade limoncello comes out!

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58 Creative Culinary May 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Me too! Some do it and let it steep for days but I like a longer period of time and I’m SO ready right now.

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59 Susan May 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Oh my! This sounds perfect! I love Limoncello and Prosecco, but never thought of blending them together – it seems so obvious! And, I love the frozen Raspberries! Perfetto!

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60 Creative Culinary May 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I’m not sure why I haven’t either Susan; I make cranberry liqueur over the holidays and it’s one of my favorite pairings so this should have come to mind. All I can say is better late than never!

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61 kelley {mountain mama cooks} May 11, 2012 at 10:57 am

I, too, have only had positive experiences in Boston. My husband had a movie there a few years ago and we lived downtown for 5 months. It was great! This cocktail looks amazing, can’t wait to try it!

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62 Creative Culinary May 11, 2012 at 11:36 am

I loved it there so much I was ready to move…then my business partner said, ‘Imagine those charming cobblestone streets with snow piled high and trash that can’t get picked up.’ He quite obviously did not want me to go! I love this cocktail Kelley; not the least reason because it could not be easier. I’m getting some sparkling water today and giving that a try too…talk about a ‘light’ cocktail, that would be it for sure!

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63 Wendy Read - Sunchowder May 11, 2012 at 9:28 am

OMG, these photos are AMAZING! Love this combination Barb! Your story about Boston was so charming, I love Boston and I too, have never had a bad experience with the people, I am most at home there myself.

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64 Creative Culinary May 11, 2012 at 9:35 am

Thank you my sweet friend…getting great photos is still a hit and miss for me but I know this…it’s when I actually devote some time that I’m happier with them. Duh huh? It’s finding that time that is the struggle. I know you know what I mean!

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65 Suzanne May 11, 2012 at 6:31 am

Incredible, raspberry and lemon are just about my favorite, so perfect together and the raspberry ice cubes are brilliant.

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66 Creative Culinary May 11, 2012 at 9:33 am

I know…I love that touch with the frozen berries. I’ll be doing it again with other berries; a beautiful way to add some chill and beauty to a cocktail all at the same time!

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67 Brian @ A Thought For Food May 11, 2012 at 6:05 am

Hey! That’s my town! ;-)

Is it ok if I have one of these coolers for breakfast? That would be ok, right?

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68 Creative Culinary May 11, 2012 at 9:32 am

You have my permission…it’s no different than having a Mimosa right (unless you opt to go the vodka route!)?

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69 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 11, 2012 at 5:59 am

I’m head over heels for Limoncello! This is the perfect way to start off the weekend, thanks for another great cocktail!

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70 Creative Culinary May 11, 2012 at 9:31 am

This is so good Sylvie and I think perfect for Mother’s Day or actually any day. :)

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71 Karen Harris May 11, 2012 at 5:50 am

Lovely memory, thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try this drink as I have all of the components on hand. This recipe comes at the perfect time since Mother’s Day is Sunday. Mama loves to get her drink on!

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72 Creative Culinary May 11, 2012 at 9:29 am

So easy and so good. Perfect for Mother’s Day isn’t it? Cheers!

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73 Jenn May 11, 2012 at 5:46 am

Aww thanks, so glad you enjoyed it! I love the addition of prosecco, and your photos are much more refreshing than I could ever get mine to look like :)

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74 Creative Culinary May 11, 2012 at 9:29 am

High praise indeed because you know I love your photos! Thanks a bunch for the inspiration; I love this cocktail in all ways…tastes great and is so dang pretty.

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75 Georgie May 11, 2012 at 5:33 am

Barbara, I live next to Milford, CT too! Next time your in town we need to have lunch with all the local food bloggers. So glad you had a wonderful time in Boston, I always have good time there too! The Oyster House Rocks!

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76 Creative Culinary May 11, 2012 at 9:30 am

That would be fun…I love it up there. Although my daughter only lasted 18 months at that school and is back in Denver now I have such warm memories and hope to get back.

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