Limoncello The Liqueur
Limoncello is a world renowned Italian liquer, traditionally made from the zest of Sorrento Lemons with a sweet and yet refreshing, intense lemon flavour. Limoncello is traditionally served as a digestive after food, but is increasingly served at any time and is also popular for cocktail mixing. You can even make it yourself.
Limoncello is mainly produced in Southern Italy, mostly in the region around the Gulf of Naples, the Sorrentine Peninsula and the coast of Amalfi and islands of Procida, Ischia and Capri. It is made from lemon rinds that release essential oils that produce the fragrance and flavour when mixed with grain alcohol. Limoncello is not sour since it contains no lemon juice.
Although no one is sure, Limoncello has been produced more or less unchanged for the last 100 years. The best Limoncello is made using IPG (Protected Geographical Indication) or organic lemons which guarantees the quality and the Limoncello is free from chemicals.
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Gioia Luisa is in the heart to Sorrento's peninsul. The particular microclimate produces the finest lemons which give Gioia Luisa Limoncello its unique taste and intense fragrence. Strict controls ensure the quality, using only lemons grown in the IPG region and using traditonal manufacturing methods. Gioia Luisa Limoncello is available in a number of sized bottle including the elegantly 500ml shaped bottle, which makes a particularly attractive gift.
Villa Massa is one of the oldest producers of Limoncello, which is made according to a family recipe which dates back to 1890. The Massa family are the owners of the "Villa Massa ®" trademark and manage the production. The firm is run by Sergio Massa and his brother Stefano.
Villa Massa are the national leaders in terms of price and volume among those companies which exclusively use fresh Sorrentine lemons - the only variety which is recognised in Europe by the term "Indicazione Geografica Protetta" (Protected Geographical Location), or (I.G.P.) and are based in Piano di Sorrento in the heart of the Sorrentine peninsula. The lemons themselves are cultivated partly in gardens owned by the company, all rigorously controlled and all within the Sorrentine peninsula. One of our bestselling Limoncello's is the traditional 500ml Villa Massa bottle, which makes an ideal gift, there is also a tiny 50ml Limoncello bottle which is small enough to be travel friendly!
There are an increasing number of cocktails that can be made with Limoncello - here are just a few suggestions:
- Sorrento Sunrise - 1 oz Gioia Luisa Lemoncello, 2 oz Tequila, 1 oz Grenadinea, 2 oz Orange Juice - Mix well, pour over ice and feel the warmth of a Sorrento sunrise on your face.
- Lemon Drop Martini - Sliced Lemon, Sugar, 1 part Gioia Luisa Lemoncello, 2 part Vodka, 1 part Sweet & Sour - Slide lemon around rim of glass and sprinkle with sugar. Add Shake Lemoncello, Vodka and sweet & sour pour with ice. Pour into martini glass and enjoy this delightful drink.
- - 1 oz Gioia Luisa Lemoncello, 1 1/2 oz Tequila, 1/2 Triple sec, 3 oz Sour mix - Shake or blend with ice garnish with lime slice. A new twist to the traditional drink garanteed to "Kick up" your sombrero.
- Festa Luisa - 2 oz Gioia Luisa Lemoncello, 2 oz Orange juice, 2 oz Cranberry juice, 2 oz Pineapple juice - Blend with ice into a slush then pour into a tall glass and garnish with white grapes!
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You can even make your own, click here for a Limoncello recipe, although it's not easy, so it's probably easier just to order it from us!