Raspberry Lemonade Champagne Smash

by Julie Ruble on December 29, 2013 · 12 comments

Raspberry Lemonade Champagne Smash
Raspberry Lemonade Champagne Smash

Raspberry Lemonade Champagne Smash

Recipe by: Willow Bird Baking, inspired by A Beautiful Mess
Yield: 2 cocktails

This punchy cocktail is tangy and sweet, with a shot of Limoncello and plenty of peppy champagne! I love the fruity bits of raspberry throughout the cocktail.

6 ounces raspberries, plus more for garnish
3 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons chilled Limoncello
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 cups chilled champagne
1 cup chilled sparkling water
lemon slices for garnish (optional)

*Note: You can omit the ice if all your ingredients are well chilled and you don’t have an ice strainer.

Make a simple syrup: In a small saucepan, mix 1 tablespoon water and 2 tablespoons sugar over high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved and the syrup is simmering. Transfer this to another bowl and stick it in the fridge to chill.

Muddle raspberries: Put most of the raspberries (reserving just a few for garnishing your drinks) into a medium bowl with 1 tablespoon sugar. Muddle them together with a muddler or the back of a spoon until the raspberries are all broken down and combined with the sugar. Divide this mixture into the bottom of 2 tall glasses.

Finish and assemble: In a cocktail shaker, mix Limoncello, lemon juice, champagne, sparkling water, 2 tablespoons of your chilled simple syrup, and ice (if your shaker is a smaller capacity, consider mixing just one drink at a time: 1 tablespoon Limoncello, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 3/4 cup champagne, 1/2 cup sparkling water, 1 tablespoon simple syrup, and ice for each drink). Shake well for several minutes and pour into the two glasses, straining out the ice. Garnish with lemon slices and raspberries and serve immediately.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Pamela L. December 29, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Looks like a very tasty drink, I’ll have to try it as soon as I can get a hold of a bottle of Limoncello…


Renee @ Awesome on $20 December 30, 2013 at 1:04 am

This drink sounds absolutely delightful. I can’t wait to try it.


Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion December 30, 2013 at 10:41 am

Love this!, and may I say , your photography is amazing these days, not that it wasn’t good before, I’m just noticing it getting better.


A_Boleyn December 30, 2013 at 11:21 am

You DO know there’s alcohol in Limoncello too? :)
Sounds like a yummy concoction.


Julie Ruble December 30, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Yep :) Thanks!


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 30, 2013 at 1:02 pm

This is totally perfect for NYE! Love!


Eileen December 30, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Such a fancy & pretty drink for new year’s eve! Now to see if I can actually find any raspberries… :)


Purabi Naha | Cosmopolitan Currymania December 31, 2013 at 2:04 am

This drink looks just wonderful…I love the colour! Raspberries are so full of flavour. This looks YUM! Wish you a happy New Year. Hope we stay in touch through the wonderful world of blogging!


Soumya@Oishi Recipes December 31, 2013 at 5:19 am

Nice photography……and tasty too……


Caroline December 31, 2013 at 10:23 am

How lovely! I’m a lightweight too…but really looking forward to making these!


Natalie L. March 5, 2014 at 1:34 pm

That sounds so delicious! I love anything lemony.

Have you checked out the Smitten Kitchen cookbook? Deb has a recipe in there for ginger lemonade, which is amazing just with club soda, but if you make it with sparkling wine… oh my. It’s my favorite summer cocktail, I think.


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