Is Limoncello an Alcoholic Drink?

Dec 3rd, 2002, 11:02 AM
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JBX, I am sort of notorious in my family for pouring liquors into my cakes. I can make a perfectly normal white or yellow cake and then turn it into a fire hazard. You don't want to light birthday candles on my cakes, lol.
Dec 3rd, 2002, 11:30 AM
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Limoncello is typically a less potent drink than say your typical 40% fare, like whiskey gin rum etc. Typically you'll find it between 17-30%.
Dec 3rd, 2002, 11:43 AM
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Nancy: Great idea about the cake, I'll try it this weekend. Still can't decide which I like better though, the clear or creamy. I didn't buy it in Sorento the first time I was there, waited for Rome before our return home. Looked high and low and never did find any. So on my 2nd trip to Sorento, I stocked up big time! It's gone so I'm glad for the North End.

Dec 3rd, 2002, 12:00 PM
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Are you kidding? This stuff is great but make certain a chair is nearby.
Dec 3rd, 2002, 12:15 PM
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I have made Limoncello several times.
It is easy and fun. I have done the blind taste test for friends and family and they always pick mine as being the best compared to store bought. I have brought some back from Italy and a liquor store near me sells 3 different brands. In the grocery store in Italy they have up to 12 brands.
I use the recipe Gretchen talked about.
Try it, you will love it. It takes 80 days but it is well worth the wait.
Dec 3rd, 2002, 12:27 PM
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I recently tasted Melloncello for the first time in Campania. Color and taste of canteloupe, but not as strong as the lemon version. Delicious!
Dec 3rd, 2002, 12:32 PM
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a little limoncello in a glass of champange is delicious - a wonderful champagne cocktail.
Dec 3rd, 2002, 05:09 PM
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I've heard of the Melon flavor, but haven't seen it here. Same stores in the North End in Boston have Mandarinello, which is orange flavored. The "straight" stuff is a bit too sweet for me, but the creamy version is very nice. Anyone ever try either of these over orange or lemon sherbert on a hot summer day? Nice!
Dec 3rd, 2002, 08:03 PM
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Here's the scoop on its availability in the US.

I first tasted it at an Italian dinner a few years ago at some friends' home --he is Italian. They said you couldn't get it in the US and they hand carried several bottles back every time they visited his family in Italy. I had never seen it before it Italy, but we raved about it so much that they insisted on giving us what was left of the bottle.

Next time I went to Italy, I saw it EVERYWHERE, and when I came home, it was readily available in the US. So I think it's just one of those esoteric items that suddenly catches on, and then it's in your corner liquor store.

Can't wait to try making it!
Dec 4th, 2002, 07:41 AM
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I wouldn't say it's in the "corner liquor store". I'm abou 30 miles north of Boston and can't find it at home. I have to come in to Boston to get it (also at the New Hampshire State Liquor Store as well). But yes, it is clearly available in the US.

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