The limoncello has been made by Franschhoek-based Sicilian Giuseppe La Gattuta, using an old family recipe, from the juice and skins of the lemons only, and without any colourants or preservatives.‘Zio Ciccio and I used to make limoncello together during my summer school holidays in a small village near Palermo. He taught me all his secrets of how to make a really good one, using pure alcohol to extract the lemon essence from the skins. Having left my family and friends behind in Siciliy, making limoncello made me feel right at home here as if I was 14 again‘, said La Gattuta.
He recognised a gap in the market for an artisanal locally-made limoncello as an alternative to mass-produced imported limoncello. ‘I knew immediately that my limoncello could work here because it’s pleasant to drink and is enjoyable especially to women who prefer something sweeter as an after dinner digestive. It also makes excellent cocktails’, added La Gattuta.
From slow beginnings, with tastings at markets and in Italian-flavored bars and restaurants, One Naughty Lemon is now available in supermarkets, liquor outlets, and in restaurants. ‘In fact One Naughty Lemon is starting to push out the Italian imports not just because it is cheaper being produced locally, but mine certainly tastes better because it isn’t mass produced’, concluded La Guttuta.
The cost of One Naughty Lemon is R119 – R129.
Source: GC Communications.
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