This is a very light and refreshing drink with a mild fizz.

1.0 oz Bourbon
0.5 oz Orange Liqueur
1.5 oz Limoncello
3.5 oz Lemon Lime Soda
0.25 oz Lime Juice
2 dashes Bitters

I mixed everything except the lemon lime soda in a shaker. Strain it into a glass. Add the lemon-lime soda and stir. Enjoy.

This was seen on the Common Man Cocktails website.



Fabrizia Limoncello

I first tried Pallini Limoncello, and being a fan of Lemonheads candy, I liked it. Fabrizia has an aroma more of lemon, than of lemon candy. There is less difference in the taste. Pallini feels thicker and sweeter than Fabrizia, but sipping them side-by-side gives a very similar experience. Speaking of which, for small amounts, I can actually sip limoncello.

Proof: 54 (27% ABV)

Paid: $16 (on sale) for 750ml

Buy again: Probably


Pallini Limoncello

Limoncello was an intriguing concept for me, typically made from the zest of tart lemons that have little bitterness. Lemon zest, or peels without the pith, are steeped in a base spirit until the oil is released. The resulting yellow liquid is then mixed with simple syrup (Wikipedia link).

The result  fruity citrus liqueur with a lower alcohol level, that is consumed chilled, straight, after dinner in some parts of the world.

My son gave me a bottle of Pallini Limoncello. Upon opening, I got the immediate scent of Lemonheads candy! I poured a sample into a shot glass and took a sip. It was sweet, and the taste of lemon candy persisted. I was not tart as I was expecting. As is the case for me, even the lower amount of alcohol wiped out my taste buds.

While I do not drink it straight, I have used it in cocktails in place of lemon juice or sour mix, to interesting effect.

Proof: 52  (26% ABV)

Price: $0 (was a gift, usually $25)

Buy again: Maybe

Midday Sun

Look at any list of recipes and you’ll find at least one “sunrise”. Usually a base liquor, orange juice, and grenadine for the color effect.

I was looking for something to do with limoncello, and on a whim, mixed it with orange juice. It was plenty sweet, and I decided not to add the grenadine. I playfully commented that it looked like the “midday sun”, and the name stuck (in the Lair, at least). This is a pretty mild drink, considering that the limoncello is the only alcohol at about 25-30% ABV.

If it is too sweet, adding a bit of lemon juice (or lime) should give it a bit of pucker!

1 oz Limoncello
3 oz Orange Juice
(optionally add 1/4 or 1/2 oz Lemon juice or Lime juice, if you want some tartness)