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Sunshine Cocktail

Sunshine Cocktail

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We are trying to get on a regular schedule for posting cocktails for happy hour every Friday because we love cocktails!  We missed a couple of weeks due to a fun little road trip we took.  We are back with this yummy drink that we call the Sunshine Cocktail.

Summer in San Francisco has settled in, which means cold foggy days or as we like to call it “June Gloom”.  We both associate summer with sunshine, and miss it terribly once the foggy start to show its ugly face around here.  After all, isn’t summer meant to be half-dressed, sitting on the back porch or a stoop, sipping a cool cocktail?  Instead, we are usually bundled up in pea coats and cable knit sweaters trying to keep warm while holding a cold beverage.

Our first summer together in SF – 4th of July (we were so young)

We have had enough of it, and will be bringing back a little sunshine to the back porch this week with “sunshine”.  Our Sunshine Cocktail is made with limoncello, St. Germain, and a little tonic water.  

We are fans of St. Germain, as it is slightly floral, and a little sugary sweet.  It is perfectly mixed in a cocktail as you can forgo the addition of simple syrup while adding a bright taste to your drink.  As well St. Germain pairs nicely with a tangy limoncello. The Sunshine Cocktail is fairly sweet, so you will want to enjoy it slowly while enjoying a hot or maybe cold summer day.  


slim cocktail glasses

Recipe:  Sunshine Cocktail

** makes one cocktail


2 ounces limoncello
tonic, we like fever tree (Denise) or schweppes (Lenny)
st. germain
lemon peel

How To:

Fill a glass with a couple of ice cubes;  our slim glasses fit 4 small ice cubes.

Pour in 2 ounces of limoncello, fill the glass with tonic, leaving about 1/2″ from the top.  

Pour a St. Germain floater on top.

Garnish with a lemon swirl.



More Summery Cocktails 

Limoncello Champagne Cocktail

Sparkling Limoncello Cocktail

St Germain Margarita


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Tuesday 25th of August 2020

Does this scale up well to do in a pitcher for a party??

Denise Woodward

Sunday 30th of August 2020

Hi Barrie - great question. We have not made a pitcher before but you should give it a whirl and let us know how it goes! We have doubled the recipe before and it works great.


Saturday 16th of July 2011

Lovely sipper for the cocktail hour. Great glasses! I feel your pain re summers in SF.

Brian @ A Thought For Food

Friday 15th of July 2011

Oh yes... this is the kind of cocktail one wants to drink on a hot, summer night. Beautiful, my friends!