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Limoncello [limon'tʃɛlːo] is a lemon liqueur produced in the south of Italy, mainly in the region around the Gulf of Naples and the coast of Amalfi and Islands of Ischia and Capri, but also in Sicily, Sardinia and the Maltese island of Gozo. It is made from lemon rinds, alcohol, water, and sugar. It is bright yellow in color, sweet and lemony, but not sour since it contains no lemon juice. Binomial name Citrus × limon (L.) Burm. ... Bottles of strawberry liqueur A liqueur is a sweet alcoholic beverage, often flavoured with fruits, herbs, spices, flowers, seeds, roots, plants, barks, and sometimes cream. ... Gulf of Naples The Gulf of Naples is located off the southwestern coast of Italy. ... Amalfi is a town and commune in the province of Salerno, in the region of Campania, Italy, on the Gulf of Salerno, 24 miles southeast of Naples. ... The island of Ischia near Naples, Italy. ... Capri (Italian pronunciation Cápri, usual English pronunciation Caprí) is an Italian island off the Sorrentine Peninsula. ... Sicily (Sicilia in Italian and Sicilian) is an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 25,708 km² (9,926 sq. ... Sardinia (pronounced ; Italian: ; Sardinian: or Sardinna) is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily). ... Gozo is an island of the Maltese archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea, second in size to the island of Malta. ... Binomial name Citrus × limon (L.) Burm. ... Functional group of an alcohol molecule. ... Impact of a drop of water Water is a chemical substance that is essential to all known forms of life[1]. It covers 71% of Earths surface. ... Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ...

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Production

Unlike many other liqueurs, limoncello is easy and inexpensive to produce, requiring only sugar, water, lemon rinds, alcohol, and time to mature. Homemade limoncello often has a stronger, more pronounced lemon flavor than brands sold in stores, but to do this you must use pure 96% alcohol and dilute only after extraction, as 40% vodka does not extract all the oil flavors from the peel.


Different varieties of lemon are used to produce different flavors. The variety of lemon used is usually dictated by region, the lemons of Amalfi producing a particularly pleasant Limoncello. Various alcohols can be used to give varying flavors. Grappa is sometimes used, as is refined pure alcohol. A more refined alcohol maximizes the lemon flavor, whereas darker alcohols add complexity. Higher quality sugars used in the infusion process create a sweeter liqueur. Look up Region in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Amalfi is a town and commune in the province of Salerno, in the region of Campania, Italy, on the Gulf of Salerno, 24 miles southeast of Naples. ... Three bottles of varietal grappa Grappa is a grape-based spirit of between 40% and 60% alcohol by volume (80 to 120 proof), of Italian origin. ...


Serving

It is traditional to serve Limoncello chilled as an after dinner digestivo. Along the Amalfi coast, it is usually served in small ceramic glasses themselves often chilled, the Amalfi coast being a center of both ceramic and limoncello production. This tradition has carried into other parts of Italy. French: Something, exp. ... The Amalfi Coast The Amalfi Coast, or Costiera Amalfitana in Italian, is a stretch of coastline on the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula of Italy (Province of Salerno) extending from Positano in the west to Vietri sul Mare in the east. ... Fixed Partial Denture, or Bridge The word ceramic is derived from the Greek word κεραμικός (keramikos). ...


Limoncello outside Italy

Limoncello is common in Italy but has only recently become popular in other parts of the world. Restaurants in the United States, the UK, Australia and New Zealand are increasingly offering limoncello on their beverage and dessert menus. Most liquor stores in the UK Australia and New Zealand will have a limoncello for sale. It is also becoming a popular ingredient in cocktails, as it imparts a strong lemon flavor without the sourness or bitterness of actual lemon juice. In scuba diving, the word cocktail also means a hazard with diving with some rebreathers: it means a caustic solution resulting from water reaching and dissolving the absorbent. ...


Limoncello gained a measure of publicity in America on November 29, 2006 when actor Danny DeVito appeared on the television show The View apparently still drunk from consuming limoncellos the night before with his friend George Clooney. Said DeVito, "I knew it was the last seven limoncellos that was going to get me." [1] Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. ... For the British band see The View (band) The View is an Emmy Award-winning American daytime television talk show on ABC created by Barbara Walters, Bill Geddie, and Jessica Guff. ... George Timothy Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an Academy Award- and two-time Golden Globe winning American actor, director, producer and screenwriter, known for his role in the first five seasons of the long-running television drama ER (1994–99), and his rise as an A-List movie star...


More publicity for Limoncello was gained when pop singer/songwriter Avril Lavigne mentioned in numerous interviews in the beginning of 2007 that she not only wrote the song "I Can Do Better" (appearing on her third record) while intoxicated after consuming half a bottle of Limoncello, but she also recorded the song drunk. She even mentions the affair in the song's second verse: "I will drink as much Limoncello as I can, and I'll do it again and again." [2] Avril Lavigne (b. ...


Similar Liqueurs

There are a number of similar liqueurs produced within and outside of Italy. Some are slight variations, some use lemon juice as well, and some use other citrus fruits. You might come across Limoncino, Limonello, and Limonetta or even Crema di Limoncello which is made with milk, or milk products, to give a creamy texture. Also common are products made in the same fashion, but using Mandarin oranges. Binomial name Citrus reticulata The Mandarin orange or mandarin is a small citrus tree (Citrus reticulata) with fruit resembling the orange. ...


External links

  • LA Times Limoncello Article
  • Washington Post: Limoncello Recipe Using Grain Alcohol
  • SouthFloridaGourmet.com Article on Gioia Luisa Lemoncello from Sorrento

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Limoncello - History, origin, recipe of limoncello - Sorrento Italy (1077 words)
This is how limoncello is born, from a sober and genuine recipe, enriched by water, alcohol and spoons of sugar.
The liquor was born at the beginning of 1900, in a small boarding house of the island Azzurra, where the lady Maria Antonia Farace took care of a rigorous garden of lemons and oranges.
Someone believes that limoncello was used in the morning by fishermen and countrymen to fight the cold, since the invasion periods.
Limoncello - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (288 words)
Limoncello is a lemon liqueur produced in the south of Italy, mainly in the region around the Gulf of Naples and the coast of Amalfi and Islands of Ischia and Capri, but also in Sicily and on Sardinia.
Limoncello is also popular among Italian-Americans, who often make their own homemade versions of it.
It is fairly common in America for limoncello to be consumed in a shot glass, whereas in Italy it is strictly drunk in the traditional form.
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