Exclusive flavor at The Jefferson in DC’s minibar: Don Ciccio & Figli Limoncello [classic article]

When I travel, I like to stay at places that feel one-of-a-kind, with all the special touches considered. Unique flavors and scents help to etch gorgeous accommodations in your mind. The Jefferson, in DC is embracing the craft distilling movement by stocking its mini bars with Don Ciccio & Figli Limoncello, distilled in Washington.They’re now providing, exclusively to The Jefferson, DC, custom sized bottles offering guests a product not seen in any other hotel’s in-room culinary cabinet. I was very glad to be hosted to experience it!

They create all-natural Limoncello according to the traditions of Italy’s Amalfi Coast and suggest that it’s best served chilled. Local restaurant legend Francesco Amodeo, Presidente and Founder of Don Ciccio & Figli, grew up along the Amalfi Coast among acres of fragrant lemon groves. It was along the Amalfi Coast that his great grandfathers began distilling traditional Italian liqueurs in 1883. Amodeo revived the tradition in 2013, “sparing no expense”. He takes the finest ingredients to produce all-natural ‘rosoli’(Any of several sweet liqueurs containing fruit extract), including his critically-acclaimed Limoncello, according to the traditions of his homeland.

This is a fresh-tasting, refreshing Limoncello, less sweet — though still with a touch of sweetness. I kept my bottle well-chilled and served it after a rich Italian pasta dinner. The true lemon flavor provided the perfect coda to our meal. You could also serve it alongside dessert; it won’t overwhelm a sweet course. It’s also great in the afternoon on a hot day, watching passersby.

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