Chili-Spiked Fresh Lemonade Spritzer


Makes 6 servings


3 cups water
1-1/4 cups sugar
5 to 10 small dried hot red chilies*
2 cups fresh lemon juice
1 bottle (750 ml) Asti Spumante or club soda
Additional sugar (optional)
Lime wedges and dried hot red chilies for garnish

*Use chilies according to taste.


  1. Combine water, 1-1/4 cups sugar and chilies in medium saucepan. Cook and stir over high heat until mixture comes to a boil and sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 30 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely. Refrigerate 2 hours or up to 3 days.
  2. Pour mixture through strainer into 3-quart pitcher; discard chilies. Stir in lemon juice and Asti Spumante. Stir in additional sugar to taste. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.

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