There is no better way to end a summer evening than with a tipple of ice-cold limoncello. As this glorious lemon-infused alcohol slips past your lips, you can just about taste summer in Italy.

For those of you who aren’t quite so well acquainted with the history of limoncello, let's go back to the beginning. There are various stories around the true origins of limoncello ranging from local fishermen and farmers (who used it as an early morning espresso) to monks between prayer; everyone would like to lay claim to its inception.

The official line from Federvini (the Italian Association of Wine/Liqueur Producers) is that Massimo Canale registered the production of limoncello in 1988, in Sorrento. His inspiration came from his grandmother, Maria Antonia Farace, who used to tend luxurious gardens of lemons and oranges on the island of Capri. She would make citrus-infused alcohol for family, friends, and guests at the inn to enjoy. After the Second World War Massimo opened a restaurant nearby where they sold this speciality lemon liqueur.

Since registering the trademark, the Amalfi region has blossomed with orchards and artisanal producers making authentic limoncello. The unique flavour of this aperitif comes from the zest of Sorrento lemons, otherwise known as Femminello St. Teresa lemons. These lemon hulks grow to be huge, distorted fruit that produces surprisingly sweet, aromatic flavours that are perfect for limoncello.

Whether you’ve always wondered about making your own spirits or just want to try something new, the new Mad Millie Limoncello Kit is the perfect starting point. Following a step by step recipe, you’ll be serving your own handmade Limoncello with a twist (secret flavour addition in the kit) to all your family and friends. Don’t be scared to think outside the box and try different types of citrus fruits and infusions as well.

Now we can’t promise the flavours of sweet Sorrento lemons (turns out these are relatively hard to source) but we assure you, you can get pretty close! We’ve made batch after batch during the development stage of our Limoncello kit, and so far we have yet to be disappointed, regardless of the lemon variety used.

Whether you’re keeping all your creations for yourself or gifting the pretty glass bottles to others, make sure you consume it cold, as cold as it can get! Served straight from the freezer into a frozen aperitif glass or mixed with sparkling water and poured over ice, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how good it is.