Limoncello of Sorrento

Limoncello of Sorrento

When life hands you lemons, fly to Sorrento and drink Limoncello!

Limoncello, a refreshing, intensely lemony cordial hails from southern Italy. It originated on the Isle of Capri in the 19th century, where innkeeper Vincenza Canale treated her patrons to her homemade liqueur. Word traveled among travelers about her delightful liqueur and eventually the family began bottling it commercially.

For many Italians, sharing a glass of lemon liqueur with friends, new or old, is the essence of hospitality. When dinner is done, out comes a bottle of fragrant limoncello. Prepared from grain alcohol, infused with lemon peel and sweetened with sugar, it can be sipped as is or drizzled over pound cake, fruit salad or ice cream. One nip tingles the tongue and subsequent sips pack a surprising wallop.