Sorrento in a glass

Sorrento in a glass

Sorrento in a glass

If you’ve ever been to Sorrento, you’ll probably be acquainted (or well acquainted) with limoncello. Made from the rind of lemons grown in and around Sorrento, it’s refreshing and good for digestion, particularly ice-cold after a hearty pasta. Many locals and restaurants make their own, each proclaiming their recipe to be the best; to have that extra special “something”.

On recent travels, two local limoncellos made a lasting impression on our palate: one deliciously potent recipe from Ristorante O’Parrucchiano on the Corso Italia, the other from Antico Borgo restaurant in Pontone, with a hint of tangerine.

Below, we’ve featured some of the best cocktail recipes using limoncello and limoncello crème (a lighter, lemon-infused cream liqueur) from Sorrento’s main producers: Gioia Luisa, Villa Massa and Piemme.

Why not recapture those holiday memories by serving some at your next get-together? The Italian Eggnog Martini or Frostbite Warmer will be sure to add a little Italian warmth to the festive season.

And if you’re Christmas-shopping for a discerning Italophile, yourself included of course, you can order a range of limoncellos online directly from the producers. Just follow the links below.

Salute e buon natale!

Italian Eggnog Martini

Limoncello cocktails Sorrento
1 oz Vanilla vodka
1 oz of Curry Love
2 oz Gioia Limoncello Crème
½ oz triple sec
Pour all ingredients into shaker, shake and pour into chilled martini glass. Garnish with nutmeg or cinnamon.
Recipe from Gioia Luisa

Frostbite Warmer

Lemoncello Cocktails
2 oz Limoncello Crème
1 oz Prunier Liqueur d’ Orange
1 oz Prunier V.S.O.P. Cognac
8 oz Black Coffee
Pour coffee then add remaining liqueurs. Garnish with whip cream, biscotti and cinnamon stick. Guaranteed to warm even the coldest of toes!
Recipe from Gioia Luisa

Cold Storm

Limoncello cocktail from Villa Massa Sorrento
3 cl Villa Massa Limoncello
2 cl Vodka
1 cl Grand Marnier
1 cl Villa massa Limoncello cream
Prepare all the ingredients in a shaker and serve in a cocktail glass.
Recipe from Villa Massa


Limoncello cocktails from Villa Massa Sorrento
½ oz. Villa Massa Limoncello
1 oz. Scotch Whiskey
½ oz. Drambuie Liqueur
Pour into old fashioned glass over ice.
Add a twist of orange peel.
Recipe from Villa Massa

Ulterior Motive

Villa Massa Limoncello Sorrento
¾ oz. Villa Massa Limoncello
2 oz. Gin
Pour ingredients into chilled shaker. Shake and strain.
Garnish with a lemon twist.
Recipe from Villa Massa

Limoncello producers

Here are website links to three of the main limoncello producers based in Sorrento which provide information, images and videos about the cultivation and manufacturing process as well as online stores.

Gioia Luisa website

Villa Massa website

Piemme website

Sorrento limoncello producers

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Free bottle of Limoncello
Members of Friends of Sorrento will receive a bottle of Limoncello as a welcome gift when they collect their vouchers. We can also arrange tours to see how Limoncello is made and processed together with other tours which reflect the diversity of local produce. For free membership please subscribe here.

Country Tour
Half Day Tour. 20 euros
A delightful excursion aboard a characteristic ‘train’ through the hills of St.Agata to the hamlets of Massa Lubrense. Enjoy the panoramic scenery and the opportunity to taste mozzarella, olive oil, limoncello and other local delicacies.
Available: Every day.
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Pompeii and Wine Tasting .
Day Tour. 99.00 euros
A select tour for a maximum of 19 people in a luxury minibus to Pompeii followed by wine tasting on the slopes of Vesuvius. A light lunch in a traditional restaurant is also provided.
Available: Wednesday.
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Piemme Limoncello Sorrento
Villa Massa Limoncello Sorrento
Gioia Luisa Limoncello Sorrento

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