It’s been a week since I’ve been back from Italy and the warm weather we’ve been having has been giving me some serious nostalgia about the Italian coast. Part of the nostalgia is the lemon everything we encountered while on in Positano – especially the limoncello. While in Monterosso (further north up the coast), I did a little limoncello tasting at a small shop which made their own and the woman actually gave me her recipe. I think she knew full well that I wouldn’t have access to the same ingredients (Mediterranean lemons, that is), so I wouldn’t be a huge danger to her business. Needless to say, I got right home and flexed my lemon liquor muscles and since it takes some time to make, we need to get yours started now.
If you’ve never had limoncello, it’s an aperitif and it’s tart, sweet, and strong! In Italy, a lot of restaurants just bring it to your table after the meal totally for gratis… and believe me, it’s appreciated. Like I said, it takes some time to make (about a month and a half or longer) said the woman in Monterosso and you can let it steep for longer if you’re able to stand it. There are recipes online that take a lot less time, but let me say… if it seems to be too good to be true, it is. And good things take time… all of those cliches hold true with limoncello. [Read more…]