Limoncello is the perfect elixir for holiday binges


Tom Turkey and all the toppings are too irresistible: you can’t avoid overeating at the table. A late afternoon stomachache is inevitable, but a shot of Limoncello, a lemon liqueur from Italy’s Amalfi Coast, is the perfect elixir.

The origin of this wonderful aromatic lemon liqueur is widely debated. It is widely produced in southern Italy, the Sorrento Peninsula, and the Amalfi Coast. There is no shortage of Limoncello shops when you stroll through Piazza Tasso in the heart of Sorrento. Vendors generously pour in samples of their delicious lemon liqueur.

It is made from lemon zest soaked in grappa, or grain alcohol, and combined with a simple syrup. It is traditionally served chilled. I put my bottle in the freezer and serve it as a digestive after dinner.

Of course, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy Limoncello. Pour it over ice cream. Use it in a marinade for grilled chicken. Add a little to a glass of prosecco for a refreshing cocktail, or flavor whipped cream to put on your homemade dessert. Caravella, $ 14.10, is the Limoncello brand I’ve always bought when not making it myself. The internet is full of recipes and instructions on how to make your own. The key is to find grain alcohol, which is not sold in Ohio.

I’m happy to have a drink after doing a few laps with Tom Turkey. I can watch today’s soccer game without feeling like Myles Garrett is emptying my guts.

Buy this liqueur (Caravella Limoncello) at Market District Cuyahoga Falls and Green, where several other brands are also available. Top Shelf of Ohio in Jackson Township, DeVitis Italian Market and Acme No. 1 sell several different brands, and the Wine Barrel on Home Avenue in Caravella and others.


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