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limoncino di monterosso

Updated on September 11, 2014

limoncello or limoncino?

Limoncello and limoncino are pretty much the same thing. Their difference is only geographical. Limoncino is in fact an old Ligurian recipe very similar to the one from Sorrento to make Limoncello. The only difference is in Limoncino only Ligurian lemons are used. This recipe is very typical of Monterosso and the Cinque Terre all together. If you've never visited Cinque Terre you've missed one of the wonders of the World. They are really fantastic places and if you're planning to go to Italy in the near future I would suggest you get a trip there! The poet Eugenio Montale dedicated a poem called "I Limoni" (The lemons) to this area of Liguria in 1925.

Photo is of a place called Portovenere, in Liguria, beautiful village on the sea, right next to Cinque Terre. Worth a visit too......

Le cinque erbe
Le cinque erbe

The Recipe

...if you can get your hands on pure alcohol

You'll need 6 large lemons (unwaxed and organic)

600 ml of pure alcohol (also known as clear ethyl alcohol, grain alcohol or drinking alcohol)

800 gr of sugar

800 ml of water

Wash and dry the lemons. Peel them making sure you don't peel off the white layer as it is bitter.

Put the alcohol in a glass jar (with lid), add the peels and live somewhere in the dark for 5 days. IMPORTANT: do not use a plastic or metal jar.

After 5 days put the sugar and water in a pan and boil for about 3 minutes.

Cool down and add to the alcohol mixture. Mix well. With the aid of a funnel put into a bottle filtering it buy using a muslin cloth.

Live to rest for another week.

Enjoy cold!!!!

Some useful tools

I use a potato peeler to peel the lemons. Easy to do, takes 5 minutes!!!!

Vodka rather than pure spirit

In Italy you can buy pure alcohol in supermarkets and that's what we use to make Limoncino. The recipe that follow take into account that vodka is used rather than pure alcohol. I live in the UK and find it impossible to get the alcohol I need. Vodka works fine. Just follow my recipe and you'll love the outcome...a sweet drink to cheer everyone's heart!

The recipe

...if using vodka

You'll need 9 large lemons, unwaxed and organic

One bottle of 750ml vodka

3 cups of water

2 1/4 cups of sugar

Wash, dry and peel the lemons making sure you don't peel the white layer as it is bitter. Put the zest in a jar and add vodka and water.

Put in a dark place for 5 days (shake a couple of times a day).

After 5 days sieve the mixture into a pan.

Add the sugar slowly and heat the liquid stirring constantly until the sugar has melted (only heat to warm temperature or the alcohol will evaporate).

Pour in a bottle and refrigerate for two weeks.

The Limoncino is ready after that! Enjoy!

Have you ever tried Limoncello or maybe Limoncino????

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    • Yamin Joe profile image

      Yamin Joe 

      5 years ago

      I had Limoncello in Positano, I loved it. I hope in my next trip to Italy I would like to be in Liguria.

    • Erin Mellor profile image

      Erin Mellor 

      5 years ago from Europe

      I was in Sorrento last summer, the limoncello was divine, so maybe next year in Liguria!

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