by Camilla Ridley
Master mixologist Damianos shares his special recipe for Corfu's favourite Venetian sundowner and a fabulously refreshing and easy summer cocktail
Enjoying a fabulous Limoncello Spritz at Damianos Bar Corfu with friends! (From left to right) Heidy in her Ridley London printed floral silk Serena maxi dress, Jen from @meet_you_at_the_barre in her printed floral silk sun dress and Becky @bricksandstitches in her Serena midi dress in blue green Zebra print cotton
The pronounced Venetian influence on Corfu can be seen in everything from the beautiful architecture and olive trees, to traditional Corfiot dishes. And of course like so many cultures wine and locally drunk beverages. So I wasn’t surprised to discover a delicious and simple take on the Traditional Venetian Aperol Spritz, using lemons which are much grown on the island. In truth, this cocktail probably originates from the Amalfi coast, Italy’s lemon growing Mecca, where it's known as the Amalfi Spritz. While the Corfiots will debate for hours about the origins of one of their favourite tipples, what we can all agree on is it’s deliciously refreshing qualities which make it a perfect drink for a summer’s day. This is a drink that really does taste of sunshine and once you know how, is pretty simple to make. I'm very grateful that master mixologist Damianos of the fantastic Damianos Bar in Agios Stefanos, North East Corfu, has shared his special recipe with us. And I've got to say it really was one of the best golden hour cocktails I've ever drunk.
A Limoncello Spritz is made with just three key ingredients: Limoncello, Prosecco, and club soda. Together, they make a delicious cocktail in no time. Prosecco is ideal for spritzes as it’s typically lighter than other sparkling wines. Go for a dry Prosecco, labeled brut or extra brut. A high-quality store-bought Limoncello that’s not too sweet, like Bellini or Luxardo is perfect for this drink. Effervescent club soda is also important as it lightens the drink, ultimately making it more refreshing. Depending on your pallet, you can also add an additional sweetener like a touch of simple syrup or agave for balance.
Mix: Fill a wine glass or tumbler two thirds of the way full with ice.
Add 3 ounces of Prosecco, 2 ounces of Limoncello, and 1 ounce of club soda.
Add simple sugar syrup or agave to taste (1 add a quarter ounces).
Briefly stir, then add your garnish. I think it worked well with a few lemon slices and a sprig of mint and / or thyme.
And serve. It really is that simple. Stina Yasu!
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