All About Limoncello

by sockii

Limoncello is a delicious Italian specialty drink made with only the best ingredients - traditionally lemons from the Amalfi Coast of Italy.

Limoncello is a wonderful and popular Italian liquer. It has been produced for more than one hundred years, at least, and traces its origins to the coasts of Southern Italy. Made from fresh lemon zest (and traditionally only the lemons of the Amalfi Coast), it is incredibly refreshing as either an after-dinner digestivo or mixed in a tempting cocktail.

Today, it is easy to make limoncello at home if you have the time, or if not to purchase delicious limoncello ready-made from local suppliers or on-line retailers. It's also a popular souvenir to pick up while in Italy as limoncello is typically sold in colorful, decorative bottles. Here you can learn more about limoncello: how it is made, it's history, and also shop for beautiful limoncello-related products perfect for collectors and enthusiasts everywhere.

Image above: Homemade limoncello. Photograph by erik forsberg on Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic.


About Limoncello

Basic facts about the beverage

Limoncello is primarily produced in Southern Italy, and historically made from the zest of only Femminello St. Teresa lemons - otherwise known as Sorrento lemons. These lemons are prized for their fragrant skins. To make limoncello, the lemon zest is steeped in grain alcohol until its flavorful  oil is released. Then, the flavored alcohol is mixed with a sweet simple syrup to make it palatable. The resulting liquid is bright yellow in color although its clarity and viscosity (thickness) is affected by different factors such as the temperatures of the alcohol and syrup when they are mixed.

Limoncello is one of the most popular liquers in all of Italy, generally enjoyed as an after-dinner digestivo. It can be drunk on its own chilled, or mixed in cocktails where the flavor of the lemons shines through without the sourness typically found in lemon juice. Souvenir and gift shops throughout Italy are often filled with colorful bottles of limoncello in all shapes and sizes, sometimes hand-painted with beautiful scenes of Italy. Limoncello is generally inexpensive to buy and wonderful to enjoy on a hot summer evening, at the end of a satisfying meal.

Limoncello in Italy is often sold in fun, decorative bottles

Great to keep as souvenirs - long after the limoncello is gone!

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Limoncello Glasses for Sale

Perfect for enjoying limoncello at home!

Limoncello can be enjoyed in different styles of glassware. Traditionally, along the Amalfi Coast, it is served in chilled ceramic glasses. It can also be served in standard shot glasses or elegant flutes. eBay is a great place to look for collective limoncello glassware in a variety of shapes and styles. Here are just some currently running auctions.

limoncello experiment, step 5

How To Make Limoncello

Limoncello Recipes

Limoncello is relatively easy to make at home, even if you don't have access to Sorrento lemons. Just about any kind of lemon will do fine. Home recipes typically call for either high-proof vodka or Everclear for the alcohol base. You can find a variety of different recipes for limoncello online; here are just a few you can read through for information and ideas.

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Video Instructions on Making Limoncello

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Limoncello Cocktails

Learn to make great limoncello drinks!

As delicious as limoncello is on its own, it can also be featured in many different delicious cocktails as well! Just check out some of the links below for some yummy ideas using limoncello:

More Beautiful Limoncello Bottles

If you visit Italy, be sure to come home with one as a perfect souvenir!
Pulcinella Limoncello
Updated: 01/31/2017, sockii
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sockii on 01/29/2017

Have you checked ebay? That may be a good place to find large lots of glass bottles at a good price for such a project.

Peeter on 01/10/2016

Hi, My son is getting married next Oct to a beautiful young Italian/Australian girl and we are making homemade limoncello as individual presents to put on the tables, my problem is trying to find nice 50ml to 100ml bottles. Do you have any suggestions as to where we can purchase them from. We live in Australia

RuthCox on 04/19/2015

Homemade limoncello sounds like a bit of tasty fun.

Mira on 04/18/2015

Nice article! Great idea to buy limoncello as a gift.

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