My family owns an apple ranch in Mexico. We have been making “vino de manzana” for generations. It is a regional liqueur native to Canatlan, Durango. I should also mention that Canatlan is known for its apples. “Vino de manzana” is similar to “calvados” in France except it is not brandy based.
It’s fun to taste liqueurs from different parts of the world. I feel like they are a representation of so many other things. They transport you to a far away place where history and generations live. They are a taste of the past, present, and a glimpse of the future. An expression of life and culture in a bottle.
Villa Massa Limoncello(approx $16)
When life gives you lemons, make limoncello. 🙂 I remember tasting it once in a dessert, and it was fantastic! However, I had never had limoncello just on its own. Villa Massa’s limoncello is lemony, smooth and syrupy. The color is most extraordinary. It’s yellow with a hint of green hue. Villa Massa’s limoncello is made in Sorrento, Italy. Their lemons are large with wrinkled skin, some as large as a grapefruit. It must be the warm Mediterranean climate that makes them grow so big. Sorrento is a small town in Campania, southern Italy. A tourist town famous for its limoncello. The exact origins of this liqueur are questionable. Some argue that nuns were the first to make it, others say it was a family recipe, but no one knows for sure. Italians drink it as an aperitif or digestif to be enjoyed before or after a meal. I had it before my shrimp salad the other day. It’s such a lovely way to start a dinner.
Villa Massa also offers other lemon and orange products. To find out more about Villa Massa’s limoncello: CLICK HERE
Cheers! Salute! Cin Cin!
Disclosure: I received a sample of Villa Massa’s limoncello for editorial purposes.