Italy is known for a lot of different food and beverages. Both pizza and pasta are pretty much synonymous with this country, as are specific wines like Pinot Grigio, Chianti, and of course, Prosecco!
A Brief Limoncello Story
There is another popular drink that hails from Italy, one that you may be less familiar with, called Limoncello. Legend says that Limoncello was first invented in Capri in the early 1900s by a woman named Lady Maria Antonia Farace. Capri has the ideal climate for growing citrus fruit, so she grew her own, both for eating and making homemade liqueur to serve guests who visited. The story goes on to say that her signature citrus liqueur gained traction when her grandson opened a bar after World War II, and served his family’s recipe to patrons.
What is a Limoncello?
This Italian liquor requires a lot of tender love and care to make. It’s almost like an alcoholic lemonade, made with lemon zest, sugar, water and alcohol, typically a grappa or vodka. The lemons used for it are not just your everyday lemons found in the grocery store. True limoncello is made using the zest of lemons from its original home, Capri, but can also be made with lemons from the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento. The harvest takes place between February and October, and the harvesting is done by hand so there is no risk of the lemons falling and touching the ground.
Limoncello is a citrus explosion, full of bright flavor and color, and is typically served either before or after a meal, as an aperitif or a digestif. It’s chilled, but never served over ice, and since it is quite strong, it’s served in a shot glass or small cup. However, even if served in a shot glass, it is not intended to be gulped or drunk all at once. Limoncello is meant to be sipped on alone, or can be used in a variety of different cocktails.
Since one of the main ingredients in Limoncello is sugar, it is ideal to drink in moderation. If you are making a cocktail with it, try to stick to mixers and other liquors that are low in sugar so as to not create a total sugar bomb of a drink.
Limoncello Cocktail Recipe with SYLTBAR Prosecco
This is why Mr SYLTBAR Premium Prosecco is the perfect pair for Limoncello! It’s very low in sugar, much lower than other well known brands of Prosecco, as confirmed by the University of Miami’s Diabetes Research Institute. When you are making a Prosecco and Limoncello cocktail, SYLTBAR is the way to go. Not only is SYLTBAR a great option because of its low sugar content, but also because the crisp bubbles balance out the distinct citrus notes of the Limoncello. Plus, it makes sense to pair two of the most iconic Italian beverages together!
A Prosecco and Limoncello cocktail recipe is easy, yet elegant. Simply pour an ounce of Limoncello into your glass first, and then fill the rest of the glass with Mr SYLTBAR. It is important to make sure that the Limoncello and Mr are both chilled. We always recommend filling an ice bucket with both ice and water to achieve the perfect temperature.
This Prosecco and Limoncello cocktail is a great summer sipper. It’s cool and refreshing, and when you use Mr, you know the drink doesn’t have a huge amount of sugar, as opposed to some other cocktails and summer beverages.
By the way, if you are a fan of limoncello and lemon in general, you will also love our Believe candle, which has aromas of limoncello and verbena. This 100% all natural soy candle is made in the USA and dye-free. It’s made with a cotton core, lead-free wick so it’s both non-toxic and non-carcinogenic. Each candle is hand poured into a 10.5 oz eco-friendly glass, and wrapped in a beautiful organza bag. It’s the perfect gift for everyone limoncello lover!