The sunny, terraced hills in the Amalfi are perfect for growing lemons. So it should come as no surprise that limoncello originated here in the early 1900s. The peels of these large, yellow lemons are used to make this beverage, with the alcohol releasing the essential oils which give the drink its flavour.
Although it can look like lemonade at first glance, limoncello has a high alcohol content and is used by locals as both an aperitif and as a digestif. Served it in a shot glass or cordial glass, limoncello is meant to be sipped slowly.
Limoncello should be kept in the refrigerator and served cold. If you like, you can chill cordial glasses in the freezer ahead of time. It also makes a good dessert drink.
If you prefer a stronger libation, decrease the amount of water and sugar to two cups of each.
Last Updated 19 October 2022