This past winter I worked on a mixed use retail project, Il Mandarin, located in Sant’Agata li Battiati, on Sicily in Italy. The currently vacant site for the project was once used as an orchard, and still has hints of its past: lemon trees and the remains of a stone aqueduct. The project location motivated me to create something that captured the charm and character of this place, inspiring me to experiment with making my own limoncello.
I patiently waited through the winter and spring until lemons came into season, and had some fun over the past weekend starting the limoncello process. I won’t know how it turns out for another 90 days: it takes a bit of time for the flavors to mature; but I’m thinking it will be worth the wait.