Limoncello Tasting in Sorrento
Discovering foods in Sorrento on Naples Shore Excursion
If you have ever dined at a nice Italian restaurant and been offered a small, chilled glass of sweet and tangy limoncello as an after dinner digestif then you are probably curious to learn more about this delicious drink. Limoncello is a liqueur made from the zest or peels of the large, bright yellow Sorrento lemons, alcohol, and sugar. It is one of the most popular liqueurs in Italy not only because of its delicious flavor but also because it helps with digestion of the meal you have just consumed and leaves a fresh and pleasant taste in your mouth. The alcohol content is between 25% and 30% and the preparation is fairly straight forward, with many people in Italy even making it at home for their own families and friends.
The best limoncello is made from organic Sorrento lemons grown in the hills and terraces of the beautiful Sorrento Peninsula or on the Island of Capri. On our gastronomic tour pick up from the port of Naples or your accommodation where you are staying, you will have a chance to visit a farm where the Sorrento lemons are grown on special wooden pergola structures that protect the fruit during the maturation process. Lemons are a source of both vitamin C and antioxidants. They have been cultivated in this region for at least 500 years and consumed by sailors departing from the Bay of Naples and other ports along the Amalfi Coast to prevent disease on board, especially scurvy.
During our fantastic gastronomic excursion from the port of Naples, after your lunch, you will be served the famous Sorrento limoncello and perhaps the cream of limoncello, which is a similar liqueur but with the addition of milk. Other fantastic products created with limoncello and the lemons of Sorrento include: lemon infused extra virgin olive oil, limoncello babà (a typical sweet from the Naples area), and even the lemons themselves which are often eaten sliced thin in a salad or sprinkled with a little sugar. When purchasing limoncello, be sure to look for the IGP label ensuring that lemons have been grown in the area and transformed according to the regional rules. Salute!