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Limoncello de Menton

The town of Menton lemon is popularly known for having the best Lemon in the world, this has inspired the locals for many centuries to come up with creative products, which ranges from beverage drinks, soaps, jams, perfumes, bath oil, marmalades, cream liqueurs, olive oil, macerated sugar cubes, pastis and so much more…
This golden fruit is truly a metamorphosis, adored by chefs all over the world.

The Menton lemon: golden fruit of the sun. The fact that the Menton lemon is blessed with the ardent attentions of Menton citrus growers is not by happenstance, though the legend might appear “heaven sent”… The legend of the lemon… The “eldest elders” of Menton tell us that when Adam and Eve were driven out of Eden, they took a splendid, golden fruit with them: the lemon. They long sought the most enchanting site to plant its seeds and chose Menton, for it reminded them of their paradise lost…

The history of Menton is a lemon… The history of the lemon has been intricately linked to that of Menton since the 15th century, though, at the time, lemon growing was a rather modest family affair. The 16th century was when commerce in Menton lemons became more structured and the trade flourished under the clement skies. Mild weather is very beneficial to the growth of this tree, which is vulnerable to frost and temperature variations. Bit by bit, the Menton countryside would truly become blanketed with a “lemon tree forest,” a now-distinctive landscape that travelers greatly admired. In 1887, Stephen Liégeard, the man who came up with the name “Riviera,” described Menton as “little valleys that relied on the breeze to intoxicate passers-by with the heady fragrance of lemon trees”! Until the late 19th century, Menton stood proudly as the land of golden fruit and the inhabitants became accustomed to living under the reign of Lemon. Making the most of lemons…

In the 19th century, Menton had four distilleries that produced lemon and neroli essential oils and orange blossom floral water needed by the Grasse perfumeries, with one distillery even supplying renowned perfumer Jean-Marie Farina. Beyond being a source of essential oil, lemon marmalades, and table fruit, lemon trees were also used in cabinetmaking, as their hard, beautifully grained wood provided marquetry manufacturers the perfect material for luxury inlaid furnishings.

Why is the Menton lemon so good? As the centuries passed, the citrus lemon acclimatized to Menton to become a botanical variety in and of itself. This variety’s fruit, so loved by great chefs and gourmets, has several unique characteristics: a very bright, golden yellow color; a peel rich in essential oil; a thick albedo (the white part of the fruit) that holds a great deal of juice in the pulp; and a fresh, sweet scent.

The Creators of Limoncello de Menton take pride in their work, they are very creative and have a vast portfolio of products. The Limonecello is the most refreshing of liqueurs and exquisite when served with lemon sorbet! The liqueur has other versions which are lime and Crème de Limoncello. It’s a delicious treat!


Crème de Limoncello is a special blend of Lemon, This lemon apéritif is light, smooth, and simply scrumptious.

The Menton lemon-flavored grain vodka enriched with flakes of pure, 23-carat gold. Or de Menton is smooth and fun to drink, The vodka was finely distilled six times with quintessence of Menton lemon to create an extraordinary sipping experience for vodka lovers!

Crème de Limoncello is a special blend of Lemon, This lemon apéritif is light, smooth, and simply scrumptious.


Dr. Matilda Olori

Author Dr. Matilda Olori

Dr. Matilda is the founder of Molori Strategies, the first Growth Marketing Agency on the French Riviera, she is one of the team’s core growth marketing strategists. She possesses diverse strategic skills and specializes in innovative marketing strategies, employing a unique and unconventional approach to achieve great results. When she's not auditing strategies and creatively planning the best formula for clients' success, you will find her at the beach enjoying the ocean on the French Riviera.

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