A cool blog called The Cocktail Chronicles is soliciting summer drink ideas, and I thought I’d submit our Limoncello Lush, which I first wrote about earlier in the season. I freely admit I’m no cocktail expert, but I think this sunshine-yellow libation—which Brian and I created to serve at a panino party—meets the criteria for what a summer cocktail should be. It’s refreshing and super-lemony with sparkle from the prosecco. Plus it has a big ol’ kick from all that vodka. Much like the perfect summer beach read, this drink is not particularly challenging or complex—just supremely pleasurable. And that's good enough for me.
2 oz. limoncello
1 oz. vodka
1 oz. lemon juice
Combine Limoncello, vodka, lemon juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain over ice into an old-fashioned glass. Top with Prosecco, stir gently, and garnish with a lemon wheel.