Danny DeVito’s Premium Limoncello Original

Danny DeVito Limoncello
Danny DeVito Limoncello

When it comes to spirits backed by celebrities, we typically have pretty low expectations. Great spirits don’t often come out of vanity companies that rely on the notoriety of the celebrity, more than what’s in the bottle, to sell. It’s a lot like bacon vodka – people will buy it because of the notoriety and be very forgiving about the quality (or lack thereof). Good brand marketing and interesting bottles sell (just look at Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka, which pushes both celebrity brand AND bottle design to sell).

Danny DeVito’s Premium Limoncello Original is a notable exception to the general mediocrity of this category. There’s no doubt that Danny DeVito is using his star power to move this spirit, but in this case it’s clearly more about what’s in the bottle than the celebrity signature on the front of it.

One of the things we really love about Danny DeVito’s Limoncello is the fact that it isn’t vodka or tequila. Many celebrities put out products in categories which are already flooded. There really aren’t a ton of limoncellos on the market in the US, despite the fact that it’s a very popular Italian drink. Also, DeVito’s Limoncello is actually made in Italy (Sorrento) from Sorrento lemons.

Bottled at 60 proof, Danny DiVito’s Limoncello has a bright sweet lemon nose that smells like a freshly cut lemon. The color is pale cloudy yellow and looks like lemon juice. The taste is thick and syrupy (in a good way) with very sweet lemon and sugar notes. There’s just the slightest bit of heat but it quickly dissipates and the finish is long and sweet.

Enjoyed straight (or over a little ice), this limoncello makes a perfect, refreshing and tasty dessert spirit. Because you don’t get a ton of heat from the alcohol, and it’s so deliciously sweet, it could be very easy for the effects of this spirit to sneak up on you.

Scratch and Sniff Limoncello Bottle
Scratch and Sniff Limoncello Bottle

While the tall sleek bottle is pretty unassuming, there is one amusing aspect to it: the lemon logo on the front of the bottle is a scratch-and-sniff that smells like lemons. It’s a cute touch.

Initially we raised our eyebrows when we heard about Dany DeVito’s Limoncello, but we feel, even without his name on the bottle, this affable liqueur would sell well on its own. At $25 a bottle, it’s an extremely tasty and enjoyable treat.

Highly Recommended

  • I agree, Danny makes a nice mass produced limoncello for the American people. It is still not as good as the fresh Limoncello found along the Amalfi coast. There are a few companies in the US starting to craft a local limoncello similar to the boutique limoncello laboratories in Italy. Check out organic Limoncello di Sonoma made in small batches in California with distilled winec ountry grapes, agave and fresh CA lemons. Its a fresh California version of the traditional Italian classic. Salute!

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  • Dick in Virginia

    I disagree! Danny DeVito’s limoncello is like drinking lemon drop candy. Sweet, mild, and sugary. I tried it at Wisdom in DC. Ugh! It has no resemblence to what real limoncello is about. It has none of the slight tartness that makes this liqueur so loved. Last I checked, there are about 5 limoncello producers in the USA. If you follow the flavor – the one that is getting the most attention and acclaim is Ventura Limoncello. The others such as Fiore in MD, Limoncello di Sonoma in CA, Lombardi in Little Rock AR, Long Island Spirits in LI NY and another soon to startup in VA. DeVito has name recognition but has no idea of what a good limoncello tastes like, he’s making Hollyood’s version of a great Italian tradition.

  • John

    While I haven’t tried Danny Devito’s limoncello yet, I find that some of the mass market producers use artificial additives like yellow #5, the best limoncello is all natural. While I have made some of my own batches I personally prefer Rometti Limoncello, smaller commercial producer with an artisanal flare that stays true to Italian tradition. I believe it is produced in Orange County CA. Southern CA yields over 90 percent of lemons in the US!

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  • Diana Crowley

    I am trying to locate a vendor that will sell to me and I have been unsuccessful to locate one. Can someone point me to the correct contact facility to do so. Many thanks