Monday, December 20, 2010
Ah, Limoncello. The wonderfully sweet and tangy after dinner drink found in Italy originated around Sorrento, where we stayed on our recent trip. All along the Amalfi Coast you find shops boasting their own Limoncello production, offering you a taste. Mmmmm... Be warned though, this drink is strong, 30 to 40% alcohol. You only need a tiny bit! I discovered this liqueur on my very first business trip to Italy in 2008, and fell in love with it.
Lemons and other citrus are grown in this region, and have two crops a year - around May-June and November-December. It was very neat to see the groves of trees with the fruit on them, even the trees along the streets in the towns are citrus. The lemon is the symbol of the region - everything had lemons on it! We enjoyed walking along, popping into the different stores for a sample. We also discovered Limoncello Crema - the white-ish Limoncello made with milk instead of water - and love that even more.
Limoncello is easy to make, you just need lemon peel, 100-190 proof alcohol, water, sugar, and time. I found a good, detailed description of the process here. I've never made it, but I want to try someday. It will be a sweet taste of Italy I can make wherevery I live.
Today's 9 Muses Musing prompt is SWEETS. Tomorrow's is FAMILY. Come on over and see what sweet treats are shared today!