San Pellegrino Aranciata and Limonata have been around forever—an Aranciata used to be my “special treat” drink at my childhood Italian restaurant, 20-plus years ago—but over the last few years, the brand has released more and more flavors. Grapefruit flavored Pompelmo, blood orange flavored Aranciata Rossa; all distinctive, all delicious and all great for mixing into cocktails.
What makes them so good to mix with? There’s real fruit juice in them, for one. Sprite doesn’t really taste like lemon and lime, it tastes like…Sprite. But a Limonata is convincingly lemon-y. It is a bright, tart sparkling lemonade. Citrus is key to so many cocktails, and having a soda on hand that’s not too sweet and not too tart makes for dead-simple drinks that are a lot more sophisticated than a Jack & Coke. (With all due respect to Jack & Coke.) Here are six refreshing summer drinks to make with just two or three ingredients and no juicing required.