Today was A LOT! By the end of the day, we NEEDED a cocktail, so fortunately it was Thirsty Thursday! Last night, I was binding the hand-quilted baby blanket I’ve been making for the past few weeks on my sister Mackenzie’s sewing machine, and I broke it! Mainly, it broke itself, but I was certainly part of the equation 😬.
The entire thing jammed up, and the needle exploded! I was attacked by needle shards hurtling towards my face. Those needles are *THICK*. I’ve never been so happy to wear glasses in my life!
In happy news, the baby blanket is done! In not so happy news, the sewing machine is totaled.
I told her what happened last night at 3 AM, but I hadn’t realized the extent of the damage. This morning, I woke up to this text:
Yeah, she was pissed! But it makes sense; the sewing machine is a crucial part of her new business venture. Mackenzie started making masks for friends during quarantine, which has turned into a rather booming enterprise! Check out her masks here!
So, she went off to the store to find a new machine. Unfortunately, due to everyone’s quarantine-crafts and mask-making, every sewing machine in the state of Texas under $1000 is sold-out.
After some shopping around, she’s now an owner of a very fancy sewing machine worth almost twice her mortgage. So, that’s a very expensive baby blanket.
We all needed a cocktail after that, which brings us to a double cocktail Thirsty Thursday.
We recently acquired a box of Limoncello LaCroix to try out, and I knew we had a bottle of homemade Limoncello that my mom had been gifted for Christmas maybe a decade ago 😱. So I concocted a limoncello cocktail face-off.
I wanted to see if I could recreate the taste of a Limoncello spritzer using Limoncello LaCroix. So here are my recipes:
Traditional Limoncello Spritzer
- 1 can of Limoncello LaCroix
- 3 oz of vodka
- juice of one lemon
- 2 tablespoons of simple syrup (just microwave one tablespoon of sugar and one tablespoon of water for one minute and refrigerate for 15 minutes)
- garnish: lemon slice and mint (I got mine from the garden, but the grocery store is fine lol)
Pour vodka and 3/4 of a can of Limoncello LaCroix into a glass. Cut a thin round slice out of the middle of the lemon, reserve for the garnish. Juice the rest of the lemon. Pour the juice into the glass. Stir. Add as much ice as you want. Garnish with lemon slice and mint.
Limoncello LaCroix Spritzer
- 3 oz of Limoncello (I suggest not using 10-year-old homemade Limoncello)
- 5 oz of Club Soda or Plain Seltzer
- garnish: lemon slice and mint
Pour the Limoncello and the club soda or seltzer into a glass. Stir. Add as much as ice as you want. Garnish with a lemon slice and mint.
We tasted each of the cocktails and came up with a winner. *Drum roll, please.*
We both preferred the Limoncello LaCroix Cocktail to the Limoncello Spritzer by a long shot.
The fresh lemon juice is the big winner. It gave the Limoncello LaCroix Spritzer an amazingly complex flavor. The sugar cut the bitterness perfectly. The bubbles were delightful. The LaCroix Limoncello brings an interesting almost vanilla flavor, which adds yet another dimension.
The Limoncello cocktail was much sweeter and tasted more like alcohol, although it probably had less alcohol overall. It was a fine drink, and I’m sure fresh Limoncello would help immensely.
Either option makes a lovely summery cocktail, perfect for by the beach or pool, at a cookout or picnic, or reading on the patio.
I had a feeling there were some light, limoncello reads out there, and I wasn’t disappointed! I had more fun than I probably should have perusing Amazon for these books! Here are some Limoncello-themed books to check out. (Warning: I haven’t read them, so this is NOT an endorsement or recommendation!)