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The Best Lemon Liqueur

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November 30, 2014 / Italian / By
Nicola

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You simply can't visit Italy without tasting some authentic Italian limoncello - especially if you stay in southern Italy near Naples.

Limoncello is a very popular Italian liqueur. It is made using the zests of fresh lemons, giving it a very distinctive lemony taste. The oils from the zest are combined with sugars and water to create what is now the second most popular type of liqueur in the country. This sweetness means that the drink has none of the sharpness that you usually associate with the citrus fruit.

Traditionally it was made in the Sorrento area of Italy using local Sorrento lemons. Nowadays, the evidence of lemon growing and limoncello production is still very much evident in and around Sorrento - aside from the lemon trees which grow, images of lemons decorate just about everything, and many shops sell at least one version of the drink. However, due to its immense popularity, limoncello is now produced all over the world using a wide variety of lemons.

Limoncello is best enjoyed chilled, in small shot-sized amounts after meals. That said, there is plenty more that you can do with limoncello aside from just drinking it!

Limoncello can be used in pretty much any situation in which you'd usually use lemons or normal lemon juice. It makes a wonderful glaze for just about anything from fish to cakes. Alternatively, one of my favourite things to do with limoncello is to make a limoncello flavoured cheesecake, which is absolutely divine. However, that's a recipe for another day!


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