Eat this Word: Limoncello

Limoncello WHAT? Lemon-aid. "Sweet, fragrant, powerful and very easy to drink," says World Food Italy guidebook about the traditional lemon-scented digestif from the Amalfi coast. Culinaria: Italy adds that limoncello is "just as essential an end to a Campanian meal as grappa or anise liqueur is in other regions." Until recently, limoncello was hand produced by artisans, or made at home from prized recipes; lately, commercialization of the liqueur has begun, often substituting inferior products. Authentic limoncello is made from Italy’s indigenous, aromatic Nostrano lemons, but it is possible to make an approximation of the intensely citrusy drink by infusing alcohol with lemon peel for 20 days or more, then mixing it with sugar syrup. Can't get your hands on Nostrano lemons? The next best thing is to have a lemon tree, or a friend with a lemon tree. Serve limoncello very cold in very small glasses. WHERE? Pino Posteraro's Beard House dinner WHEN? July 2, 2009 HOW? Limoncello Cheesecake with Orange Marmalade and Balsamic Caramel

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