Posted by: travelrat | February 9, 2016

When Life Hands You Lemons …

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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.

Limoncello 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.

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  1. Love it!

  2. It’s my tipple of choice when I’m in either Sorrento or Sicily where it’s equally popular, perfect over ice. I’ve tried making it myself at home from a recipe I got there but it was a bit too strong. Will have another go one day, nice to have it ‘on tap’ as it were. Love your photo as well.

    • I didn’t see it in Sicily, although I can quite believe it, as it’s another citrus growing region. I did get some of their honey … they put their beehives in orange groves while the blossom is out, and produce a honey that both Pooh Bear and Paddington would like. 😀 Maybe they do the same around Sorrento?

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