Every good meal must end with a good liqueur or a bitter: it is a ritual that we cannot give up. The question is usually “Coffee, bitters and liqueurs for everyone?” But it is a rhetorical question: the answer is always only one, “yes!” And a few moments later the coffees (truly inevitable) arrive on the table with some bottles of bitters to choose from and his majesty Limoncello, the typical Sorrento liqueur always present in the pantries of every family and every restaurant.
The Limoncello: a symbolic liqueur
Limoncello di Sorrento is a kind of religion: each family has its golden stocks and its traditional recipe handed down from generation to generation.
It is a symbolic liqueur and therefore known all over the world and exported to every latitude: if there is a Neapolitan in every country in the world, there will certainly be a bottle of limoncello in his kitchen. And if you have visited Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, the scent of lemons from a freshly opened limoncello bottle will always remain in your memory, perhaps after a tour of the lemon groves of Sorrento and then in that case you have two possibilities: take home a few bottles of this liqueur gold or try to do it at home. How? Following the traditional limoncello recipe.
The Limoncello Recipe
Four ingredients only for a really simple recipe in which, however, the difference makes the raw material of course: lemons that must be strictly untreated.
So let’s recap:
For a liter of limoncello you need: 6 natural lemons, 500 ml of 95% alcohol, 600 ml of water and 500 grams of sugar. After washing the lemons thoroughly, you will have to pour the skins in alcohol for a week by closing the container tightly and in a dark place. Spend a week you will need to prepare the syrup by boiling the water and dissolving the sugar inside. Then you will have to filter the skins that were to macerate in alcohol and add the liquid to the prepared syrup and mix. Once the mixture is created, you will have to keep the bottle in the fridge and serve the homemade limoncello always fresh.
Et voilà, limoncello of Sorrento for everyone!