This weekend’s drink is a Limoncello Martini aka Sorrentini. Limoncello (Italian Lemon Liqueur) is the Nectar of Gods. Especially the kind you get whilst strolling on one of the narrow streets of Sorrento’s old town center. Most little tourist shops make their own and offer you shots, most restaurants bring you Limoncello after your meal. I used to buy Limoncello in the supermarket even before I went to Southern Italy for a holiday, but let me tell you – the supermarket kind does not come even close to the real thing. In Sorrento Limoncello is made from Sorrento lemons that produce a thick lemon-drop yellow liqueur with a tangy taste – refreshing and sweet at the same time.
In the UK we are very lucky that Carluccio’s (owned by the legendary Italian chef Antonio Carluccio) restaurant and deli import their Limoncello directly from Sorrento and you can buy it in 700 ml bottles. They also sell the tiny airplane-sized Limoncello bottles – perfect if you just want to taste this Nectar of Gods. More than once a bottle of that liquid gold has ended up coming home with me from the restaurant. Limoncello, to me, is best enjoyed ice-cold and straight up. But it is also delicious in cocktails.
As said this weekend we have taken Limoncello and made it into a Limoncello Martini which we have called Sorrentini – in honor of Sorrento on the breathtaking Italian Amalfi Coast.
The song that I sip my Limoncello Martini or Sorrentini with is by one of Italy’s most famous sons, ol’ blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra. Frank recorded “One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)” first in 1947 and this is one of the enduring Sinatra classics. At the end of the day, I like to hang up my hat, kick off my heels and have a Sorrentini… and one more for the road.
Sorrentini – Limoncello Martini
Preparation time: 15 minutes
100 ml Vodka
50 ml Cointreau liqueur
100 ml Limoncello liqueur
25 ml Noilly Prat Martini
40 ml fresh lemon juice (1 lemon)
25 ml sugar-water
Juice the lemon. Set the lemon juice aside. Fill 3 martini glasses with ice. In a cocktail shaker mix vodka, Cointreau, Limoncello, Noilly Prat, fresh lemon juice and sugar-water with ice.
Shake a couple of times. Empty the martini glasses of the ice. Dived the martini mix evenly between the three martini glasses.
Decorate with a lemon peel string.
Hang up your apron, kick off your heels and enjoy with the ol’ blue eyes. I know I will…