Forget the Vodka Soda or the Whisky Soda, this easy-to-make Highball is your new spritzy go-to. While it does call for more than two ingredients, it’s just as easy to make as its tall, bubbly brethren—and it has much more to offer when it comes to pure flavor. It’s made with limoncello—a bittersweet Italian lemon liqueur—instead of a straight spirit, along with orange bitters and absinthe, which lend the cocktail depth and a tinge of bitterness. The absinthe also acts as a strong, herbal backbone for the drink and gives it just a touch of an anise flavor (don’t worry, black licorice haters, you’ll like this). For the best results, try making your own limoncello at home (it’s easy—really—and well-worth the time and minimal effort), or opt for a higher quality, craft limoncello like Don Ciccio & Figli or an Italian-favorite like Pallini, which is based on a 100-year-old family recipe. Whichever liqueur you choose to use for the cocktail, this Limoncello Highball is light enough to be a summer aperitif and herbaceous enough to be just as quaffable come fall and winter. Come to think of it, it’s also pretty great in spring. Really, there’s no wrong time to mix one up.
1.5 oz Limoncello
2 dashes Orange Bitters
1 barspoon Absinthe
Soda Water, to top
- In a highball glass filled with cubed ice, add the limoncello, orange bitters and absinthe.
- Stir with a bar spoon to mix.
- Top the glass with seltzer water and stir again to incorporate.