My local Italian always offers a glass of limoncello at the end of a meal. Its a bit rough and ready, I assume they make it themselves, but its a welcome touch to both the eating ‘experience’ and the taste buds. I always assumed all limoncello tasted that way. A blast of lemons and a hit of rough alcohol at the end. Then of course, during my cocktail explorations, I discovered Luxardo Limoncello. A whole world apart. Who knew the world famous maraschino company (liqueur and cherries) made a limoncello? One should have expected it I guess; limoncello being one of those quintessential Italian drinks.
Here is a little collection of Luxardo Limoncello cocktails. The luscious liqueur may not take centre stage with all of them but its supporting role is vitally important.
Luxardo Limoncello Cocktail Recipes
Limoncello Fizz Cocktail
While the Cave de Lugny Crément de Bourgogne is lovely on its own, when used in a cocktail mixed with around 45ml Luxardo Limoncello it positively shines. Decorate the glass rim with icing sugar and add a slice of lemon as decoration.
Toasted Drop Cocktail
45ml Citrus-flavored Vodka
22.5 ml Limoncello Luxardo
15 ml Amaretto
30 ml fresh sweet‘n sour mix
15 ml egg white
Shake all ingredients to get that foam but mind the pressure in the shaker! Add ice and shake until chilled. Pour into a suitable glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar. Decorate with wild abandon using strips of lemon rind.
60ml London Dry Gin
15ml Belsarzar Dry Vermouth
22ml Luxardo Limoncello
4ml Green Chartreuse
Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with lemon peel.
Curd It Be Magic Cocktail
30ml Luxardo Limoncello
30ml fresh lemon juice
15ml vanilla syrup
1 tsp lemon curd
1 tsp mascarpone
Shake all very well with ice and double strain into a cocktail glass. Decorate rim of glass with crushed biscuits (malted milk worked very well) and garnish with strips of lemon peel.
Limoncello Luxardo – Obtained from the infusion of lemon peels in alcohol, Limoncello is one of the most world-renowned Italian liqueurs. It stems from an ancient tradition which enhances the natural aroma and fresh taste of lemons from Italy.
Limoncello Luxardo was first advertised in 1905.