Friday, February 03, 2006

Olive Garden Limoncello Lemonade

Olive Garden, home to fine Tuscan fare (snicker) (and fyi, i ordinarily SHUN the hack term "fare", so it’s sardonic here, ok), has a new bev that may impel the otherwise reluctant to cross the breach: Limoncello Lemonade. Limoncello is the delish liqueur made from submerging lemon peel in vodka and letting it ferment. (Authentic limoncello uses lemons from the isle of Capri & the Amalfi coast.) Limoncello, "Sicily’s signature liqueur", is sposedly easy to make at home. But sigh it takes weeks to age. That said, OG's drinkie won’t be avail til feb 13. It’s a combo of Caravella limoncello, Smirnoff Citrus Twist, & froz lemonade. You could just go buy the Caravella & skip the Olive Garden experience, but what the hey

22 Comments:

At February 03, 2006 12:36 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Olive Garden really knows how to take something good and then just totally destroy it (love the SpaghettiO's link). Why would you add anything to limoncello? Though, if they had never-ending limoncello lemonade, I might be persuaded to show up.

 
At February 03, 2006 12:37 PM, Anonymous icecreamhead said...

Love being FIRST!! KH (Birthday Girl) loves lemonade...

 
At February 03, 2006 12:39 PM, Anonymous icecreamhead said...

Not fair TWISTED!

 
At February 03, 2006 12:39 PM, Anonymous tg said...

so yer not optimistic about the taste of this, then

 
At February 03, 2006 12:40 PM, Anonymous tg said...

skeptical that it'll be good, eh

 
At February 03, 2006 12:46 PM, Blogger Dean said...

Limoncello = this year's Pomegranate? I think not

 
At February 03, 2006 1:13 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Happy freakin' birthday.

 
At February 03, 2006 1:22 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

Dean said...
Limoncello = this year's Pomegranate? I think not.

Perhaps not, but Olive Garden is definitely this year's PF Chang.

 
At February 03, 2006 1:36 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I can't wait until it becomes this year's We Oiu.

here's a cool word verification: NUKEFW

 
At February 03, 2006 1:42 PM, Anonymous tg said...

i'm gonna keep trying to make comments until i get "bombdal" (for now, all i got was a lousy lxonpx)

 
At February 03, 2006 3:01 PM, Blogger BK said...

NUKEFW... do ya think that Fort Worth would mind?!

C'mon, tg... to even suggest that Limoncello is made from submerging lemon peel in vodka is beyond your usual high reporting standards. Maybe one can use vodka to approximate it at home, but they certainly don't use vodka as a base in Italy.

Too bad Olive Garden is wasting the prescious stuff on the plebes and a slurpee machine.

 
At February 03, 2006 3:08 PM, Anonymous m.b. said...

Oooh how strange that today there is a link to the Red Sea and then comes this story about a disaster there:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11157659/

 
At February 03, 2006 3:13 PM, Anonymous m.b. said...

BK, what do they use in Italy? Can you make lequeur out of lemons? (I want to make a joke about making lemonade.)Every recipe I see on the Internet has vodka. But I can't say that I've had it in Italy.

 
At February 03, 2006 3:33 PM, Blogger BK said...

They use 100% pure grain alcohol. That's 95% alcohol by volume... it dissociates into 5% water. There's no such thing as 100% alochol in a bottle.

Vodka is 40-45% alcohol. You could try it with Everclear here.

 
At February 03, 2006 4:49 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

Everclear works well. Just remember that you are drinking something twice as strong as vodka. Or you may forget lots of things after drinking several glasses of homemade limoncello.

 
At February 05, 2006 9:28 AM, Anonymous social drinker said...

How do you make limoncello at home?

 
At February 05, 2006 10:38 AM, Blogger Kirk said...

There is a recipe at the following link:

http://starchefs.com/features/
limoncello/html/recipes_01.shtml

 
At March 05, 2006 2:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had it, liked it. In fact I had two.

 
At April 18, 2007 3:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely the BEST lemonade I have ever tasted! I will be visiting the Olive Garden more frequently after having the limoncello lemonade. It transports you to an irresistable destination!

 
At June 06, 2008 8:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was lucky enough to visit a family in Sorrento, and the the woman who ran the farm made all sorts of stuff like mozzarella, limoncello, they had walnut trees, and capers, and tomatos and salamis, and it was fantastic. The daughter was kind enough to right down the recipe for their limoncello for me. I'm not sharing my "italian family recipe" here, but I will say that your posts have all the ingredients (yes it is grain alcohol), but the one very important ingredient can only be found around the amalfi coast and capri. The sorrento lemons. Try as you might at home, but you need the lemons.

And, btw, I actually found the OG's offering quite refreshing.

 
At June 01, 2010 12:52 PM, Anonymous viagra online said...

I love limoncello and or you may forget lots of things after drinking several glasses of homemade limoncello.

 
At June 01, 2010 12:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what do they use in Italy?

 

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