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The Limoncello Spritz by Yusef Austin

We had our first sip of this sweet and syrupy after-dinner drink in the Amalfi Coast, where limoncello originated. It was after an incredible meal, and we were taking in the scenery of Positano, which is one of the most beautiful views in the world.  We stayed at the Sirenuse, which is also on our list of top views from hotels in the world.  There is just something so distinctly special about the Amalfi Coast during the summer.

It doesn’t matter whether or not it’s your cup of limoncello — it’s about the experience, the people, the scenery and the feeling of gratitude that travel brings. Our version, by Cocktail Architect Yusef Austin, transforms this drink, while still bringing you those Amalfi vibes.

We caught up with head mixologist Yusef Austin, Co-founder of The Cocktail Architect, a Mixology & Events company that offers virtual classes to talk about spring and the flavors that inspire him. Below is one of his signature recipes, The Limoncello Spritz, which he perfected for a VIP client’s birthday last year on a yacht while sunning himself in Capri’s Mediterranean Ocean.

Makes one, perfect, cocktail

Ingredients 

2 oz. Citrus Vodka(Kettle One is good)
1 oz. Limoncello
3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Lavender Sprig

Directions

One of the many things that is great about this cocktail is that it’s easy to make, and it doesn’t add any additional sugar other than that in the limoncello.  With the addition of the vodka and the fresh soda water, this also lightens up the drink and makes it a refreshing aperitif, versus and after dinner ritual.

Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin, add ice, shake it. Don’t break it. Strain into a highball Glass over fresh ice, top with soda water, and mix well using a bar spoon

Garnish with a lavender spring and dehydrated lemon wheel floating on top.

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