Seasonal Recipe Spotlight: Limoncello

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Limoncello is an absolutely refreshing liqueur associated with Southern Italy, especially the Amalfi coast. The sunny color, bright lemon flavor, and warm glow make it the perfect summer drink, on its own or cut with some soda water. In Italy it's often offered as an after-dinner digestivo.

It's easy to make limoncello - just cover lemon peels with 100 proof alcohol for a few weeks, then add simple syrup to dilute and let sit for another week or two. This eGullet thread answers some question and gives a recipe and tips for making it on your own.

Whether you make it yourself or purchase it, limoncello is good for more than drinking. Its intense lemon flavor is wonderful in baking and summer cooking - here's a few recipes we'd like to try...

Nick Malgieri always has splendid recipes. Try his yeasted cake with limoncello syrup: Limoncello Baba. The liqueur lends itself very well to frozen desserts, too - try this Raspberry Limoncello Semifreddo - it looks beautiful! This moist Torta di Limoncello looks amazing, too, and we're dying to try this ricotta pudding with limoncello.

Not all limoncello recipes are sweet, though - try Limoncello Chicken and this Shrimp Scampi Limoncello.

If you decide to just drink your limoncello, remember it is always served icy cold. Try this Limoncello Collins.

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.