Wow this Summer with a drink that’s exciting and easy: Limoncello di Capri is as easy as pie (it’s for sipping, but you could add it to a pie, too)
My husband and I recently returned from a trip to Italy and in virtually every restaurant we went to, Limoncello was one of the liqueurs offered at the bar. When I returned home, a bottle of Limoncello di Capri arrived for my review – perfect timing!
Limencello, like it’s name, is a lemon-centric liqueur that reminds me of sunny days in the South of Italy. You can drink it chilled, on the rocks, or mixed in cocktails. Some people even use it in cooking where they might use sugar and lemons (I’m thinking lemon meringue pie. for example). Sorrento lemons are picked in the Fall and Winter. They’re washed and peeled (lemon rind smells good but it’s too bitter for Limoncello) and then the lemons go through a cold fusion process to create a naturally infused spirit that doesn’t have any additional coloring, preservatives or additives. The result is a sunny, yellow-tinted liqueur that is fragrant and sweet and ready to drink ice-cold as-is, on the rocks, or mixed with other spirits.
I am told however, that not all Limoncello is the same. The Limoncello di Capri (srp. $25.99 750 ml. bottle) company claims it was the first patent and use the name “Limoncello” and it’s also one of the few brands of Limoncello produced using only real lemons, and in small batches using only organically farmed (IGP certified) lemons from Capri and Sorrento. Furthermore, Limoncello di Capri says that they’re the only Limoncello producers that control the entire production process including farming, distillation and bottling, ensuring quality control from start to finish. Another interesting fact is that the color of the liqueur can change depending upon the period in which the lemons for that batch, was picked. Our bottle of Limoncello di Capri was actually more like a bright yellow green — it’s a cheerful color I wish a beauty company would make into a nail polish color!
The Limoncello di Capri bottle itself is a pretty and frosted glass. Keep your bottle frosted too, in the freezer. It’s a strong, sweet liquor, so you’ll want to drink it cold, or mixed with other things. We drank ours straight for cocktail hour, but you might try the Tuscan Lemondrop or Capri Spritz with Limoncello di Capri for Summer entertaining, and wow your guests. I am also including a recipe for risotto with Limoncello that is easy and exciting and fun …. try it!
Limoncello is very popular in Italy, but if you want to get this specific brand of Limoncello, note that 375 Park Avenue Spirits is the exclusive US importer for Limoncello di Capri. For more information you can also visit the official Limoncello di Capri web site.
Created by Chris Asay
2 oz. Van Gogh Vodka
1 oz. Limoncello di Capri
1/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
4 – 1/4 inch thick slices Cucumber
3 Basil Leaves
3 dashes Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters
One basil leaf
Three cucumber slices
Muddle 4 – 1/4 inch thick slices of cucumber and 3 Basil Leaves in a shaker. Add ice, Limoncello di Capri, Van Gogh Vodka and lemon juice. Shake and double strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with 3 dashes of Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters and garnish with basil and cucumber.
1 oz. Limoncello di Capri
5 oz. Prosecco wine or Champagne
Pour Limoncello di Capri in a flute or martini glass, top with Prosecco wine or Champagne.