Limoncello - is a renowned lemon based liqueur traditionally produced in southern Italy. Historically made around the coastal area of Naples, plus the Sorrentine peninsula along the coast of Amalfi and on the islands of Procida, Ischia, Capri, and on the island of Sicily and Sardinia. Also in the Menton region of France and on islands of Malta.
It is made from lemon zest (peel without the pith) - (traditionally from the Sorrento lemon, though most lemons will produce satisfactory limoncello), alcohol, water and sugar. It is light to bright yellow in colour, sweet and lemony, but not sour in taste - since it contains no lemon juice. Unlike many other liqueurs, limoncello is relatively easy and inexpensive to produce, requiring only sugar, water, lemon zest, alcohol, and time to mature.

 

Limoncello is made by extracting the essential oils from the lemon zest by soaking them in high proof neutral spirit, then diluting the result with simple syrup. Small batch Limoncello often has a stronger, more pronounced lemon flavour than many commercial brands.
Different varieties of lemon are used to produce different flavours. The variety of lemon used is usually dictated by the region. Various alcohols can be used to give distinct flavours. A higher proof alcohol maximises extraction of the lemon flavour, whereas darker alcohols add complexity of flavour. Higher quality sugars used in the infusion process can also create a more balanced sweet liqueur.
Limoncello is traditionally served chilled as an after dinner digestive. Along the Amalfi Coast, it is usually served in small ceramic glasses themselves often chilled, the Amalfi coast being a center of both ceramic and Limoncello production. This tradition has been carried into other parts of Italy (though in northern parts it is known as Limoncino) - and around the world. In New Zealand it is typically served in chilled small dessert wine or liqueur glasses.
Limoncello is also delicious served direct from the freezer, poured over ice, or as a fresh ingredient in a range of new and specially crafted cocktails. It is a fresh, unique taste that is sure to inspire you - enjoy in moderation.