An Italian liqueur makes drinks one of a rind
Lemon may just be the new black. It’s everywhere from bright citron popping in the latest runway collections to the tart essence it adds to cocktail shakers in the hottest bars across the nation. And if you want to join in on the delicious trend, a great place to start is with Limoncello. The Italian lemon liqueur is primarily produced in the southern part of the country and traditionally it’s made from the zest of Sorrento lemons. Lemon zest is steeped in grain alcohol until an oily liquid is released, which is mixed with simple syrup to create the finished product. Italy’s top-selling Limoncello is Limoncé ($19.95, 271874), a bright and modern take on tradition. With no artificial colours or flavours, it has a fresh, crisp lemon taste without the overwhelming alcohol burn.
In the past, Limoncello has been a refreshing way to end a dinner party, served after the meal. But the most stylish way to utilize its strong lemon flavour, without the bitterness of straight lemon juice, is use it in cocktails. The result is a fashionable drink with true lemon punch. The recipe we’ve selected will shine at your next summertime party and secure your spot as the most sought-after home bartender around.
1 1/2 oz Orange vodka
1/2 oz Limoncé Limoncello
1/2 oz Aperol
1 oz Fresh orange juice
Add all ingredients except cranberries to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with dried cranberries on a cocktail spear.
Limoncé Limon Blush
1 oz Limoncé Limoncello
3 oz Lemonade
1/2 oz cranberry juice
1/2 oz soda water
1 lemon wedge
Add Limoncé, lemonade and cranberry juice to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a tall glass filled with ice, top with soda. Garnish with a wedge of lemon.