When Life Gives you Lemons….Make Limoncello!
Ciao Tutti! (Hi Everyone),
Maybe it’s due to all of the warm weather we are having around here lately, or perhaps the New Year has me feeling especially optimistic, because I am totally into YELLOW right now. Check out these inspiration pictures below featuring my current favorite hue.
At Castello di Casole, the Limonaia was where they kept the lemon trees during the winter. Later this year this building will be transformed into 5 Loft style suites with private terraces. Check out the site photos (below) along with a rendering of the completed space (above).
Each suite in the Limonaia will feature an original lemon painting from Tuscan artist Cassandra Wainhouse.
Check out the onice miele marble slabs that will be the flooring in the hotel entry. I had an amazing trip to Carrara to pick these slabs with Luigi, one of the construction managers in Italy.
FAB chairs! I found these last summer at the Pandolfini Auction House in Florence. I also found this great lamp with a reclaimed terra cotta base.
My stepson Aiden rocked a yellow shirt in Rome. I love this picture of him.
Outdoor floor lamp by Aresill!
The quintessential Italian diva, Sophia Loren!
One of my favorite Italian drinks is Limoncello. Let me leave you with this easy and quick recipe by Mario Batali:
Mario Batali’s Limoncello
- 4 cups vodka
- Zest of 10 lemons, no pith at all, may substitute 15 limes, 6 grapefruits, 10 blood oranges, 12 mandarin oranges, or 8 regular oranges
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 3 1/2 cups water
Place vodka and zest in a sealable jar, like a mason jar and allow to sit in a cool place for 4 days. On the fifth day place the sugar and the water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow to cook 5 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool. Add sugar solution to the vodka solution and allow to stand overnight. Strain through a layer of cheesecloth in a conical sieve, pressing the solids firmly.Strain again through a second layer in the same manner. Chill and allow to stand 1 week. Serve very cold.
Here’s to a bright and sunny New Year!
Baci (A Kiss),