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Limoncello and Laundry

January 13th, 2010


Oh Limoncello, how do I love thee, let me count the ways ….

Well normally I drink limoncello in the summer because it is the perfect summer evening drink. I keep the bottle chilled in the freezer and then shortly before serving put some small glasses in the freezer to chill. Right before serving, I dip the rim of the glasses in lemon juice and then sugar and pour a few fingers of the liqueur. Yum.

I buy my weekly bottle of wine on Wednesdays when all wine is 15 percent off at my local liquor store. Today while I was in there, I saw a gift box of Limoncello that included two cups from Deruta. You can see here that I have a Deruta platter. I am tempted to go back and buy a second gift box while the store still has them.

In the photo, you can tell my kitchen is under construction. The backsplash with my Mexican tile is new, but if you look closely you can see it does not yet have grout on it — that is happening tonight. But you can see how the deruta cups go with the theme of my kitchen. I also have other pottery that is blue and yellow and my walls are that same yellow.


Months after Marsi guest posted HERE about making your own laundry detergent, I finally ran out of my costco brand and went to buy the ingredients today. I also bought a tin at the thrift store to keep the detergent in and a cheapo cheese grater so I didn’t have to use my food one to grate the soap bars. By the way, rumour has it that Marsi makes a killer limoncello, as well.

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  1. January 13th, 2010 at 16:44 | #1

    Oh Yum! I love limoncello…at least I did until I had a little too much limoncello on NY eve! But after a little time passes, I am sure I will love it again. I absolutely do love the little glasses and your mexican tile!

  2. Marsi
    January 13th, 2010 at 17:46 | #2

    I love those limoncello cups you got. Nice score! This is the recipe that I more or less follow:


    I start it in the summer, and finish straining/decanting about a month before Christmas. And contrary to what this writer says, I think the flavor improves the longer it sits.

    I double the recipe, using equal measures of Everclear and mid-range vodka. (I use Absolut.)

    Glad to hear about your laundry detergent!

  3. January 13th, 2010 at 22:58 | #3

    K, I’ve never had limoncello, but I love the tile. I know you said it’s Mexican, but could easily pass for handpainted Italian cucina tile. Will you post some pics when the remodel is finished?

  4. Sarita
    January 16th, 2010 at 23:55 | #4

    Mmmm, I hadn’t thought of sugaring the rim of a glass of Limoncello. We tried it this evening and it’s marvellous!

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