Today we’re making Limoncello, a popular Italian cocktail made with 3 simple ingredients: fresh lemons, sugar and vodka.
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The best vodka has ever tasted
If you’re anything like me, drinking liquor straight just doesn’t do it for you.
As much as I’d like to be the girl at the bar sipping a whiskey neat, I’m much more of a wine lover. So you can imagine my surprise when I sipped my first limoncello, loved it and discovered that it was essentially lemons, sugar and vodka.
This famous Italian liquor combines simple ingredients and creates the most delicious, lemony sweet drink that goes down extremely smooth.
It really is the best vodka has ever tasted.
According to Italy Magazine, Limoncello has been around for over a century and the exact origin may never be known for certain.
Some share stories of fishermen and farmers who would use a shot of the liquor to get going in the morning. Others have recipes passed down through their families for generations.
One important aspect of the popular drink that Italy Magazine makes sure to communicate? The kind of lemons you use.
They recommend using lemons grown off the terraced gardens on the Amalfi Coast. How amazingly beautiful does that sound?
While I have no doubt that lemons (and probably all produce) grown off the Amalfi Coast are superior to what I’m picking up at my grocery store here in Portland, Oregon, I can promise you your limoncello will still be delicious.
Use what you can find.
I do recommend trying to find the highest quality, freshest, organic lemons you can find. That’s why Winter is the perfect season to make this drink; it’s citrus season here in the PNW!
Picking high quality organic lemons will ensure they are juicy, full of flavor and that there aren’t any harmful pesticides in the skins. This is important as this recipe uses only the lemon skin.
How to make it Vegan/Gluten Free/etc.
Limoncello is naturally vegan as it only requires lemons, sugar and vodka. That said, there are a few tips that can help in making sure your limoncello is also gluten free. I like opting for a potato vodka, as opposed to one made from wheat, rice, or corn.
Here are a few of my go-to potato vodka brands:
Related recipes/what to eat it with
If you’re looking for an appropriate meal to enjoy with your limoncello (in order to drink responsibly), may I recommend pasta?
Not to be totally cliche but I haven’t met a pasta dish that didn’t pair wonderfully with homemade limoncello. Bonus points if your pasta is homemade too.
Here are some of my favorite pasta dishes and sauces to try out with your new favorite liquor:
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