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Sorrento and the Amalfi coast are well known for its splendid big lemons. Typical products from Sorrento are produced with these "Limoni": Limoncello, a very tasty lemon liqueur, lemon chocolate, colorful ceramic articles with lemon motives or lemon soap.
Shopping in Sorrento and Free Limoncello
The main activities in Sorrento are shopping, eating, and enjoying the scenery. One of the best parts of the shopping scene in Sorrento is to go around to the numerous limoncello shops and get free tastings!
Drink some Limoncello after a meal
The Amalfi coast is famous for its delicious Limoncello. This is a sweet, lemony liqueur often taken at the end of a meal as a digestivo. Limoncello is sold just about everywhere here and it will be a nice gift to bring home. The prices are also reasonable so another reason to buy it
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Sorrento is full of citrus groves with lemon and orange trees. These photos were taken at a large grove near the EAST end of Corso Italia, which is open to the public. Here, you can walk amongst the trees (see orange branches grafted onto lemon trees) and sample and buy their homemade liquers made from lemons, oranges and fennel. There are wooden benches for sitting and relaxing, away from the crowds.
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Lemons for Lemon Cello
Sorrento is a large producer of lemons and they grow really large ones as seen in the photo. Big lemons to make "Lemon Cello" (limoncello) the popular drink in Sorrento.
I went on line to get a receipt for Limoncello and this is the response:
I am an American living in Gaeta, Italy (about 3 hours north of the Amalfi coast region), there are TONS of "limoncello" brands and recipes around (that's what the Italians call this liquor -- I assume this is what you're talking about). They're all pretty terrific (some varieties even come in a cream form), and many people over here make their own, as lemon trees abound. I don't know where you can buy this in the states, but you may want to try this -- a friend of mine has an Italian chef for a neighbor, and this is his recipe -- it's terrific (sorry -- the measurements are metric)!*
Prep. time: 3 days
Servings: 2-1/2 liters
8 lemons (the chef says he actually prefers greener lemons)
1 liter of grain alcohol
800 grams of sugar
1-1/2 liters water
1. Use a vegetable peeler to peel the zest from the lemons (the yellow/green outer layer of the lemon only -- none of the white pith underneath).
2. Place the lemon zest (peels) in the alcohol. Seal and let sit for 3 days at room temp.
3. After 3 days, strain zest from the alcohol and discard zest. Reserve alcohol.
4. In a large pot, put water and sugar on med-low heat (do not boil) until sugar dissolves. Add lemon-flavored alcohol. Stir.
5. Remove from heat, let cool, place in bottles.
FOR BEST RESULTS, KEEP LIMONCELLO IN THE FREEZER (IT WON'T SOLIDIFY). IT'S
TRADITIONALLY SERVE IN CHILLED SMALL GLASSES.
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