Limoncello is a bright yellow liqueur made by infusing pure alcohol with lemon zest. It is thought that this liqueur originated from Southern Italy; around the Gulf of Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast and Capri. Limoncello has increased in popularity over the years and has become Italy’s second-most popular drink. This liqueur is also produced in Sicily, Sardinia, Menton (France) and the Maltese island of Gozo. Due to heavy advertising promotions this liqueur is one of the most up-and-coming liqueurs in the world.
The main ingredient of limoncello is the zest of lemons. This drink is seen as an aperitivo as well as a digestive drink and is often consumed before or after meals. It is tradition to service limoncello chilled in a small shot glass after a meal however some people prefer it served at room temperature along with champagne or tonic water.
Many gelaterias in Italy now serve limoncello flavour ice cream.