Limoncello is an Italian liqueur made from lemon zest. It’s mainly produced in Southern Italy, particularly in Sorrento, Capri, and along the Amalfi Coast.
Depending on who you ask, limoncello’s roots can be traced back to Sorrento, Amalfi, or Capri. This topic is actually a point of great contention among limoncello producers, and origin stories involve everyone from fishermen in the Middle Ages to thirsty monks. According to the Italian Association of Wine/Liqueur Producers, however, the yellow liqueur was born in Capri about a century ago. A local woman named Maria Antonia Farace was known for her garden of lemons and oranges. After World War II, her grandson opened a restaurant that specialized in his nonna’s lemon liqueur.
Limocello is served chilled in small glasses as an apéritif or digestif (a drink served before or after a meal) to aid in digestion :)