My Limelight bourbon cocktail is great for parties – I mean, it’s a show in itself! When you mix these ingredients together, sparks will literally fly. Just make sure you have a lighter handy.
The combination of sweet, sour, and smoky flavors makes it a truly unique cocktail experience. If you’re looking to impress your guests and leave them saying “I want to make one, too!” then this is the perfect drink.
This fiery cocktail recipe calls for bourbon, lime juice, simple syrup, pineapple juice, Campari, orange bitters and a touch of cinnamon. It’s reminiscent of another favorite, the classic Jungle Bird, a tiki drink sharing some of the same flavors and ingredients (pineapple, lime, Campari). With such incredible flavor notes (and a stunning presentation), you might guess that it’s become a crowd favorite amongst my friends, family, and followers.
The Limelight is a fruit-forward, flavor-packed cocktail, but unlike the Jungle Bird, the Limelight uses bourbon, not rum. While I always enjoy a good rum cocktail recipe, I love the use of bourbon in this because it adds a warm contrast to the bright tropical flavors, making for an incredibly delicious, complex cocktail.
Step 1: Add all ingredients, except Campari and cinnamon, to a cocktail shaker, top with ice, and shake until chilled.
Step 2: Add 1 ounce of Campari to cocktail glass, add fresh ice, and strain cocktail shaker contents over top.
Why layer this cocktail? The typical reason for layering a drink is purely for aesthetic reasons rather than taste. In the case of this Limelight cocktail, I chose to layer the bright orange Campari at the bottom to create a beautiful ombre color– but this libation could also be enjoyed with all the ingredients mixed together.
Step 3: Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and enjoy!
Tip: Wondering how to get a similar spark? Just add a little extra booze to your lime shell, along with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and carefully light, enjoy, and then extinguish. As with all my cocktails, please enjoy this sipper (and its garnish!) responsibly.
So next time you’re feeling adventurous, give this cocktail a try. If you’re looking to impress your guests, this is the perfect choice. Because not only is this drink delicious, it’s a total showstopper. Cheers!