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Homemade limoncello

Limoncello (or lemoncello) (Italian pronunciation: [limonˈtʃɛlːo]) is an Italian lemon liqueur mainly produced in Southern Italy, mainly in the region around the Gulf of Naples, the Sorrentine Peninsula and the coast of Amalfi and islands of Procida, Ischia and Capri, but also in Sicily, Sardinia, Menton in France and the Maltese island of Gozo. Traditionally, it is made from the Sorrento lemon, though most lemons will produce satisfactory limoncello.



Limoncello is traditionally served chilled as an after dinner digestivo. 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.

Limoncello outside Italy

Limoncello is common in Italy but has only recently become popular in other parts of the world. Restaurants in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand are increasingly offering limoncello on their beverage and dessert menus. It is an increasingly popular ingredient in cocktails, as it imparts a strong lemon flavor without the sourness or bitterness of lemon juice.

Limoncello gained a measure of notoriety in America on 29 November, 2006, when actor Danny DeVito appeared on the television show The View apparently still drunk from consuming limoncello the night before with his friend George Clooney. Said DeVito, "I knew it was the last seven limoncellos that was going to get me."[1] On 30 April, 2007, DeVito announced the launch of his own line of limoncello.

More publicity for limoncello was gained when pop singer Avril Lavigne mentioned in numerous interviews[1][2] in the beginning of 2007 that she not only wrote the song, "I Can Do Better" (appearing on her third record, The Best Damn Thing), while intoxicated after consuming half a bottle of limoncello, but she also recorded the song while drunk.[2] She even mentions the affair in the song's second verse: "I will drink as much limoncello as I can, and I'll do it again and again."


  1. ^ Halperin, Shirley (Jan 30, 2007). "On the Scene: Avril Lavigne's listening party". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc.. Retrieved 2009-03-05.  
  2. ^ a b Savage, Lesley (25 January 2007), "Avril Lets Loose on New Album", Rolling Stone (1018)  

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  1. Any of several brands of limoncello made in Sicily or other parts of Italy


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