Thursday, March 05, 2009

No Ordinary Lemonade

When ordinary lemonade just doesn't make the cut, you'll have to settle with something stronger and better. Then, yesterday, I had a taste of limoncello. Never knew a thing like this existed but I was glad now that I did. A little research did help me to understand where did this heavenly lemonade came from.


Limoncello is a lemon liquer, produced in Southern Italy. It is made from lemon rinds (traditionally from the Sorrento lemon), alcohol, water and sugar. It is bright yellow in color, sweet and lemony, but not sour since it contains no lemon juice. Limoncello is traditionally served chilled as an after dinner digestive. Along the Amalfi Coast, it is usually served in small ceramic glasses themselves often chilled, the Amalfi coast being a center of both ceramic and limoncello production. This tradition has been carried into other parts of Italy.



When lemon goes to heaven, it came down in the form of Villa Massa Limoncello. I was looking at the odd shaped bottle yesterday during dinner at DucKing. It was heavy but I was more attracted to its colour. The yellow was vibrant and you could smell the bursting aroma of fresh lemons when the screw cap is opened. This aroma proves to be an honest indicator of the liquor's flavour. To make this liquer, a base of grain neutral spirits blended with water, sugar and the lemon in the bottle is actually just the zest of fresh lemons, the rest of the fruit is discarded and therefore eliminating the sour taste.

The palate was thick where every sip seems to be holding the essence of an entire lemon and it finishes very smoothly. No itchy or burning throat after that. All you need is some to drink it on the rocks.

Hmm.. heavenly lemonade in a bottle. Not for the ordinary.

16 comments:

Myhorng said...

very unusual bottle shape for a liquor.

-eiling- said...

Horng: Yes. Like perfume hor?!!

KY said...

lemon goes to heaven, and then come back to bring you to hell :P

* ZILING * said...

So when are you bringing one bottle home??

-eiling- said...

KY: Lol.. That's a good one.

Ziling: It's at home!

Edi神 said...

wow... this must be stroooong!

might make a person high!

YilingL said...

yay now we got lemonade, then we got kweifei lychee, what's next???

next time bring the alexander grappa la... i love the bottle!!!!

Anonymous said...

I actually been to southern Italy to experience the liquor. You have not seen "more" unusual bottles.

-eiling- said...

Edi: The limoncello is a very seducing drink.

Yilingl: U think I sell liquor ah?

Anon: you're very lucky!

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firefly said...

Sorrento is a very beautiful and romantic coastal town of southern Italy and the lemonade was quite affordable, I remember I bought two bottles and they occupied half of my luggage.

ahhup said...

wow, u like liqueur too? I tot SM only? btw, liqueur is usually drank as digestive. I intro some brand for u to try soon. gtg now

Anonymous said...

Suggest you to put limoncello in the freezer for a few hours before serving. Should serve neat and drink in one shot.

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Ben | Limoncelloquest.com said...

The best bottle shape I've seen was in the shape of a cello, which is mildly amusing. Generally I don't care for the store bought brands though, you can do better yourself for sure.

-eiling- said...

Anon: I shall think about that.

JChung: I will when I'm tired of selling chocolates.

Firefly: So lucky!

Ahhup: I'll try anything!

Anon: really? i shall give it a try. Thanks.

Ben: The thing is, it's eaier said than done.

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