One sip of this vibrant, sunshine-y limoncello made by Don Ciccio & Figli and we’re instantly transported to the Amalfi Coast. Blue skies and rugged cliffs, Fresh seafood from the Mediterranean, lively company, driving on the wrong side of the road…tutto bene.
Maker Francesco Amodeo will tell you he was born in a lemon grove. His grandfather had a distillery in Italy, near Positano, surrounded by 12 acres of lemon trees. One of his grandfather’s specialties was Amalfi’s famously sweet, refreshingly tart liqueur, limoncello.
A massive earthquake hit the Amalfi Coast in 1980 and destroyed the distillery and groves, but Francesco preserved his grandfather’s recipes and taught himself how to make artisanal spirits. In 2012, he founded Don Ciccio & Figli (named after his grandfather) to bring this family tradition to his new home in Washington, D.C. The resulting handmade liqueurs begin with a blend of all-natural fresh fruit, spices, herbs and grains infused into a high-quality neutral grain spirit base.
Francesco’s limoncello follows the same recipe his grandfather used in 1947: fresh lemons are hand-harvested between October and April, then brought to the distillery to be pressed. The limoncello is then aged in stainless steel vessels for 45 days – no more, no less.
Do as the Italians do and sip a small glass after a big, festive dinner; or go crazy mixing this into our new favorite stunner, which we promise will give you a good dose of sunshine until you can board your trans-Atlantic flight:
- In a tall Collins glass filled with ice, combine limoncello and gin.
- Add more ice and top with club soda.
- Garnish with a lemon peel and pucker up!