Limoncello is an Italian liqueur made from lemon zest. That’s basically the peel before you get into the white stuff underneath. This is the “oily” part of the fruit, which gives Limoncello its rich yellow colouring.
In Italy, Limoncello is traditionally served very cold as a disgestivo; an after-dinner drink. It is also a popular home-brew, with family recipes being passed down for generations. The liqueur has now gained popularity beyond its Italian home and is enjoyed around the globe.
You won’t find Limoncello in too many cocktails, however, because it tends to be a little on the sweet side. This makes Limoncello rather sickly when mixed with other fruit juices. Tonic water is the perfect mixer because it doesn’t add any additional sweetness, allowing the full lemon flavor to be properly savored.
Tonic also works well with Limoncello because the naturally bitter quinine will cut the sweetness without affecting the flavor of the drink. You can also have a greater drink-to-mix ratio because Limoncello has a lower alcohol content than many other liqueurs.
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- 60ml Limoncello
- 200 ml Tonic Water
- 4 drops of Aromatic Bitters
- 4 slices of lemon
- Place 3 lemon slices at the bottom of a Collins glass.
- Muddle the fruit to release the juice.
- Add ice.
- Pour in the Limoncello.
- Add 4 drops of Aromatic Bitters.
- Top up with Tonic.
- Garnish with the fourth slice of lemon.
- Collins glass.