Because a summer dinner can only end with a frozen glass of this colorful digestive, a liqueur that can also enrich many recipes
The limoncello it is the liqueur that must always be kept available in the freezer because it is perfect for concluding a lunch or dinner with friends, especially in summer.
Fresh and citrusy, limoncello is a digestive very pleasant and an alternative to the classic bitter after a meal.
It should be served strictly cold and in a small glass without ice. If you are a true connoisseur, bring it to the table with iced glasses.
Do it at home it is very simple and we advise you to prepare a lot of it to always have a stock ready in the freezer for company evenings and to pay homage to your friends: artisan liqueurs are always very welcome gifts.
Only organic lemons
To prepare an excellent limoncello you need to start with top quality ingredients.
THE lemons they are the base so they must not only be fragrant and tasty, but above all grown naturally and without chemicals because it is from the peel that oils and all the fragrance of this drink are extracted.
Obviously we recommend i lemons from Sicily or Sorrento, but if you have a tree in the garden, take advantage of it.
The perfect limoncello recipe
With a very sharp little knife take the lemon rind without reaching the white bitter part.
Pour the lemon peel and alcohol into a large glass jar, stir, cover everything with a lid and let it sit in a cool, dry place for 20 days.
Remember to shake the jar twice a day.
After 20 days filter the liquid obtained with the help of a gauze or a sieve and pour it into a glass container.
Separately prepare the syrup by heating water and sugar in a saucepan. Bring the water to a boil and stir to dissolve the sugar well.
Allow to cool and then add the syrup of water and sugar to the filtered alcoholic macerate.
Pour the limoncello in glass bottles sterilized in boiling water. For this quantity you will need two 1 liter bottles.
Close them with a stopper and let the drink rest in a cool, dark place for 30-40 days.
Variations with citrus fruits
You can prepare a drink very similar to limoncello also with other citrus fruits.
For example, the version with the is very good orange peel, particularly aromatic and with a bitter aftertaste that to the lime and the al tangerine.
You can also mix different types of citrus together.
Brown or granulated sugar?
We talked about sugar in the recipe of limoncello, but without specifying which type.
You can actually use it both white and cane. Nothing will change but the color which in the second case will be slightly more amber.