The China Wine & Spirits Awards gave the drink a gold medal to add to its growing collection
They have already won gold three times in London’s International Wine & Spirit Competition and now Drunken Monkey Limoncello, made in Peize (Drenthe) have also won gold at the China Wine & Sprits Awards, reports RTV Drenthe. The makers, Melissa Oosten and Titus Meijer begun making the Limoncello on the Frisian Wadden Island of Vlieland.
“That is really special”, says Meijer. “Of course it remains a surprise that we have also won again in China. But it is actually starting to get a bit normal.”
The limoncello made by Oosten and Meijer is now sold all over the world, but begun on the island of Vlieland, when East met Meijer: “I tasted Meijer’s recipe on the island and I thought: this is great stuff, we should do something with it”, says Oosten. “I worked in the catering industry in Assen and I started selling the limoncello there.”
Their limoncello is based on the zest of lemons, which are peeled by hand. “Preferably as thin as possible, because you really only want to use the yellow peel”, Meijer explains. “The white part has a very bitter taste. You don’t want that in it, so we peel by hand. A few times a week a number of ladies come to help us with peeling. They peel 75 kilos in one evening.”