(n.): An Italian lemon liqueur made from a neutral spirit, lemon zest and sugar. Popular in citrus-growing regions of southern Italy, such as the Amalfi Coast and Sardinia, this sweet-tart spirit is most often consumed chilled and as a digestif. Versions made in Italy tend to use the Femminello Santa Teresa variety of lemon, but less traditional types use other lemons or citrus fruits. Because it is easy to make—lemon zest is soaked in a neutral spirit for a few weeks, then strained and mixed with simple syrup—it is ideal for making at home.

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