When life gives you lemons, what do you do with them? Do you go to the old stand-by and make a fresh batch of lemonade? That’s a great idea! But wait. Might I suggest making your own homemade Italian lemon liqueur instead? Think of it as an adult version of lemonade.
Start brewing up batches of limoncello, a clean, sweet and beloved lemon-based digestivo from Southern Italy. Brewing your own limoncello will take six weeks, so some patience is required. But as soon as the weather starts to warm up, you’ll have a cool, refreshing drink that showcases the bright, lush flavor of lemons.
And since limoncello requires only a few simple ingredients, make sure they are the best you can find. Though Sorrento Oval lemons are standard, any bright yellow and juicy lemon will do. And for the best results, be sure to use a grain alcohol (not vodka!) to extract the concentrated flavor from the lemon peels.
Though traditionally limoncello is good to sip cold and neat after dinner, it’s becoming increasingly popular in mixed drinks like this Limoncello Spritzer. So get your lemons assembled and start your brewing, because every sip will be worth the wait.
Bottoms up, folks.
Continue Reading Thirsty Thursday: It’s Time to Start Brewing Limoncello
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Dull winter days are brightened up by this amazing display of citrus fruits at Chelsea Market's Manhattan Fruit Exchange in New York City.
Produce markets are exploding with bright citrus fruits right now, all ripe, ready and at their peak. It’s time to dive in! Go ahead, try a new cool citrus fruit a day to savor the season.
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Darryl Robinson -- Host of Drink Up
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