What is Limoncello

by John Staughton last updated -

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Limoncello is a sweet and unique liquor that isn’t on every menu, but is a delightful treat when you can find it!

What is Limoncello?

Limoncello is a popular Italian liquor made from lemon zest and alcohol. It is a favorite of home liquor enthusiasts because it is easy to make and quite useful for cooking. The ABV of this alcohol varies, especially among home recipes, but most limoncello is roughly 25%. It is traditionally served chilled as an after-dinner digestif. It is also very popular as a cocktail mixer.

Nutrition

A 1.5 oz serving of limoncello contains on average 155 calories, 17 grams of carbs, and 16 grams of sugar.

Benefits

Limoncello is a great drink choice for anyone dieting or looking to lose weight because the tart lemons act as a natural appetite suppressant. It’s an easy way to give yourself a treat after dinner without ordering dessert.

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How to Make?

It’s fairly simple to make limoncello, let’s take a look at how to make it below.

  • Step 1: Wash and peel two pounds of organic lemons.
  • Step 2: Take care to remove as much of the white pith as possible, to avoid bitterness.
  • Step 3: Next, put the lemon peels in a one-gallon glass container with 1 gallon of your choice of grain alcohol. Most people use grappa or vodka.
  • Step 4: Close the jar, and let it sit for 10-14 days, giving it a good shake once a day.
  • Step 5: When the alcohol turns yellow, strain out the lemon peel.
  • Step 5: Make a simple syrup using 1 liter of water and two pounds of sugar by dissolving over low heat.
  • Step 6: Add simple syrup to the alcohol and mix.
  • Step 7: Finally, drink chilled.

How to Store?

This drink should be kept as cold as possible in tightly sealed containers. It is okay to store your limoncello in the freezer, as the alcohol will not freeze if it is of a high enough proof, and it will also help prolong the liquor’s shelf life.

Word of Caution: Using a high-proof alcohol will help keep your drink bacteria-free, but tread carefully when you take your first drink. Limoncello is sweet but deceptively strong, and as with all alcohol, moderation is strongly suggested to avoid any unwanted side effects of hangovers.

About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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