Limoncello-Charcoal Spritzer

Charcoal-Limoncello Spritzer


If serving a sous vide cocktail doesn’t impress your friends, using activated charcoal will.


Honey Limoncello:

10 organic lemons
2 C sugar
1 C clover honey
1 liter vodka
3 C water

Charcoal Limoncello:

1 ½ C honey limoncello
¾ tsp activated charcoal powder


2 fl oz charcoal limoncello
½ fl oz fresh lemon juice
2 fl oz light white wine (such as Chenin Blanc)
2 fl oz sparkling water
1 lemon slice, to garnish



  • Sous vide circulator
  • Sous vide pouch
  • Vacuum sealer
  • Paring knife
  • Juicer
  • Coffee strainer
  • Whisk


Prepping time: 10 minutes / sous vide cooking time: 3 hours


1 cocktail


For the Honey Limoncello:

  1. Preheat water bath to 140°F (60°C).
  2. Wash and peel lemons, trimming off any of the white pith from the peels. Juice the lemons and reserve.
  3. In a large sous vide pouch, combine the lemon peels with the rest of the ingredients. Chill liquid to 37°F (3°C) or colder, then seal the pouch.
  4. Cook in water bath for 3 hours, gently shaking once or twice to make sure the sugar is evenly dissolved.
  5. Remove the pouch from the water and strain the limoncello, while still warm, through a coffee strainer.
  6. Chill, then transfer to a bottle or lidded container. Makes two liters.

For the Charcoal Limoncello:

  1. Whisk ingredients until well combined.
  2. Chill.

To Build Spritzer:

Fill a 14 oz glass with ice. Add charcoal limoncello, lemon juice, and top with white wine and water. Garnish with lemon slice. Makes one cocktail.

Developed by Chef Bruno Bertin, the Cuisine Solutions Culinary team, and CREA. Featured in Sous-Vide magazine Spring/Summer 2019.

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