Sorrento: 6th April 2015
There’s an old saying: ‘When life hands you lemons, make lemonade’.
A few years ago, a pair of Australians had a better idea. Stuck with a load of lemons they didn’t really want, they let them ferment, and produced Two Dogs alcoholic lemonade. And yes, I do know how it got its strange name, but it’s not really a story for tender ears.
The Italians around Sorrento had another idea. Citrus growing is one of the main industries in this area, and orange and lemon groves are everywhere; there are even orange trees lining the streets. The best lemons go to make a local specialty; a sweet, more-ish but powerful liqueur called limoncello.
One of the oldest producers of this drink has an outlet in the main shopping street, where they deal in all things lemon. They’ll give you a free sample of limoncello and don’t seem to mind or notice if you go around for ‘seconds’. Sometimes, they’ll also give you a lemon-flavoured chocolate or something. It’s a hard place to leave without buying something.