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Leonetti Special Recipe!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is a very big deal in the Leonetti household and it’s a magical experience! For us the holiday revolves around being together and eating amazing food – really what everything should be about! We have many Christmas traditions, and I look forward to sharing them with you in future posts. However, today I want to focus on the cocktail that we all look forward to on Christmas Day. Christmas cooking is like an Olympic event at our house, so on Christmas Day - once the presents are all opened and the Baked Ziti is in the oven - we like to enjoy a refreshing cocktail. Enter the “Leonetti Special”. I started making Leonetti Specials years ago – it first started as a combination of any leftover alcohol and mixers I had in the kitchen (those were fun times). I’ve refined the concept over the years and now have a cocktail that people can actually drink and enjoy. I think a Leonetti Special is wonderful any day of the year, but I know everyone needs one a little more around this time of year. So – here is my super specific Leonetti Special Recipe!


- Limoncello or Limoncino

- Diet 7-Up, Diet Sprite, or Club Soda (This is really a judgement call – we started with Club Soda and then didn’t have any one time and the Diet 7-Up worked great – Diet Sprite works too. Diet Ginger Ale does not work – so don’t try it. But whatever you use, I do recommend sticking to diet so it’s not too sweet)

- Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice

- Ice


Ok – so this isn’t a cocktail to batch make – but I usually make about 4 or 5 at a time using the following method:

- Get out Rocks glasses

- Put a few cubes of ice in each glass

- Pour a splash of Limoncello in each glass

- Fill up each glass about three quarters of the way with soda (Diet 7-Up, Diet Sprite, or Club Soda)

- Pour a splash of Fresh Lemon Juice in each glass

- Top each glass with another splash of Limoncello

- Stir, Stir, Stir

- Drink and repeat

**Note – I recommend not adding any additional alcohol to this drink. Sometimes people think they should add vodka – don’t do this. Limoncello is basically vodka- so no additional alcohol is needed. Trust me!

Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you drink as many Leonetti Specials as you can in the New Year!


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Nicole Leonetti
Jan 02, 2020

I hope everyone enjoyed some limoncello to ring in 2020!!


Dec 27, 2019

This sounds delicious!! Maybe I'll make some limoncello this NYE!!!

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