As a daughter of former tavern owners it should come as no surprise that I have a VERY well stocked bar. Most items I keep on hand are high quality wines, beers and liquors. Other libations I have usually need to serve more than one purpose. Nothing cheeses me more than buying that one product, using it once and then have it go to waste, rotting on a shelf.
One item that I find that has a variety of uses is an Italian liqueur called Limoncello.
Limoncello or Lemoncello has many different uses, especially in desserts. This wonderful citrusy liqueur can be added into whipped or mascarpone creme, used in tiramasus, adds a great kick to gelato and can be drizzled over berries.
You can find Limoncello in most liquor stores and you could also try making it yourself. I myself have not yet tried making it at home but Epicurious.com has a recipe I have bookmarked and may try down the road. As you know, I am always looking to put a healthy twist on my favorite sinful things and I find that sometimes making it your way is the best way.
The traditional way to serve Limoncello is on ice after dinner. While I find it a bit too sweet to drink straight or on the rocks, I have found it makes for a very refreshing adult lemonade cocktail.
- 4 Shots vodka
- 2 Shots Limoncello
- 4 Slices of lemon wheels
- Club soda
Pour vodka and limoncello into a martini shaker. Squeeze 2 lemon wheel into shaker and toss in. Add ice and shale vigourously.
Fill 2 well chilled glasses with ice and add a splash of club soda. Pour beverage in and add remaining lemon wheels.