Sgroppino al Limone – Sgroppino Cocktail Recipe

Sgroppino al Limone, also called a Frothy Lemon Sorbetto cocktail, is a delicious and refreshing summer drink from Venice, Italy.  The name Sgroppino is from the Venetian Sgorpãre which means loosening or to loosen.  This drink is said to have originated as a drink to consume in between courses to cleanse the palate,  It is somewhat like a milkshake or a smoothie, but made with lemon sorbet, Prosecco wine, and vodka.   All you have to do is blend together some lemon sorbet with cold vodka and Prosecco wine.

What could be more refreshing on a summer’s day than the tart flavors of lemon of this delicious Sgroppino al Limone drink?  This heavenly drink also makes a delicious after dinner drink – the perfect light ending to a wonderful meal.  Whip this drink up in about 10 minutes or less, pour it into a jar, and serve immediately or pop into the freezer until ready to serve.

Some versions of this drink use gelato but most use sorbet, which has no dairy.  In Venice, your waiter might make this drink at your table by beating the sorbet and wine into a mixture as refreshing as whipped snow.


Sgroppino al Limone


Sgroppino al Limone - Frothy Lemon Sorbetto Recipe:
Prep Time
10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Frothy Lemon Sorbetto Recipe, Sgroppino al Limone, Sgroppino Cocktail Recipe
Servings: 4 servings
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) lemon sorbet (good-quality), softened
  • 2 tablespoons vodka, chilled
  • 1/3 cup sparkling wine or Italian Prosecco wine, chilled
  • Zest of one lemon
  1. Chill 4 champagne flutes.

  2. In a bowl, whisk lemon ice cream until smooth.

  3. Gradually whisk (do not use a blender) in the vodka and sparkling wine or Prosecco.  Donot whisk too much or it will become too liquid.  You must whisk the sparkling wine in by hand because a machine will melt the ingredients.  You do not want it too thick, but you do not want it real thin, either.

  4. Pour mixture into a pitcher and serve immediately in chilled champagne flutes, tall glasses, or goblets.

  5. Sprinkle lemon zest on top. Serve with small spoons.

  6. NOTE: The drinks will separate if left standing.

  7. Makes 4 servings.


Source:  Photo courtesy of Segel.


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