What is Limoncello?

When many people think of the perfect vacation, they often think of warm, relaxing destinations offering great food and drinks to indulge in. While there are plenty of places around the world that fit the bill, Southern Italy is one of the best and the most popular. However, a trip to Italy is something many of us can only hope for, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make summer feel a little bit like the Italian trip you’ve always dreamed of. At Bank+Vine, you can taste one of the best drinks Italy has to offer in one of our summer cocktails.

Our popular summer cocktail, the Summer Tease, is made with house-made limoncello and has exactly the refreshing taste you want in this warm weather. Not familiar with limoncello? Learn more about this popular Italian liqueur!

What is Limoncello Made From?

Some might be surprised to learn that many make liqueurs like limoncello themselves, although this is something you can easily buy if you aren’t interested in the do-it-yourself route. Recipes may vary, but limoncello is often made by infusing lemon peels in alcohol, typically vodka, and adding simple syrup. While it is popular for its strong lemony flavor, there are plenty of other ways you can make a similar liqueur. You can follow a close recipe, but swap lemons for oranges, other citrus fruits, rhubarb, strawberries, and more.

When Was Limoncello Invented?

The exact origins are unknown. However, there are a few different theories as to who first started making limoncello. One story suggests that limoncello began as an old family recipe and was later introduced to the public when a family member started their own restaurant following World War II. However, it’s also possible that recipes for limoncello could be centuries old. Some believe that it was originally made to help fishermen wake up in the morning or was used to help sailors prevent scurvy. It’s also a popular belief that monks were the ones who made the drink and consumed it in between prayers. While we’ll likely never know who was the first one to make this zesty liqueur, we’re glad someone did.

How Do You Drink Limoncello?

Limoncello can be served as an aperitif or digestif, and there are many different ways of drinking limoncello. If you like a strong lemon flavor, you can drink chilled limoncello on its own, such as in a shot glass. There are also dozens of ways to use it in mixed drinks, such as our Summer Tease. It can be as easy as mixing limoncello with sparkling wine or water for a refreshing drink on a hot summer day. If you enjoy the zesty taste of lemon, you’ll likely find no shortage of delicious ways to use limoncello.

Enjoy Summer Cocktails at Bank+Vine!

Nothing is better than sipping on a cold cocktail at the end of a long summer day, and at Bank+Vine there are plenty of great options to choose from. With delicious drinks and dishes featuring some of the best seasonal flavors, you’ll always have a great time when you join us for a meal with friends or family.

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