Argentines are known for their love of Italian food, but it doesn’t stop there. Limoncello, an Italian lemon liqueur, is becoming increasingly popular in Argentina as a post-dinner drink and a key ingredient in cocktails. You now can begun to notice it on dessert menus at Italian restaurants in Buenos Aires as an alternative to port wine and other dessert liqueurs. Due to its strong flavor, only a small amount of limoncello is needed in cocktails or as an after-dinner digestivo.
Limoncello is predominantly produced in Southern Italy, but it is popular in many countries around the world. Made from just lemon zest, alcohol, water, and sugar, it is a simple drink and easy to prepare (even at home). Since the liqueur is not at all bitter due to the use of lemon zest over lemon juice, it is both crisp and refreshing. When you take your first small sip of limoncello, you taste a sweet and velvety smooth lemon flavor and the feeling of the cool liqueur gliding down your throat is lovely. Said to aid in digestion, it is a very pleasant way to end a heavy Italian meal, or any heavy meal for that matter. So in the future, after indulging in a large bowl of homemade gnocchi, consider sipping on a limoncello afterwards. It is not only traditional, but quite tasty as well.