Monin Lemon Rantcho Syrup
Monin Lemon Rantcho Syrup is just one of a delicious range of flavours, used by coffee shops such as Costa Coffee and enjoyed across the country and further afield.
The bottles come in a 70cl Glass Bottle, and a 1l Plastic bottle variation which is ideal for bars, cafes and coffee shops, but can also be used at home.
To add the refreshing taste of lemon to drinks and desserts, all thats needed is a drop of Monin Lemon Rantcho Syrup. This sugar-free concentrate utilises only the finest lemons from Sicily, ensuring the syrups flavour is maximised to its full potential. Cocktails, teas and smoothies particularly benefit from the sour, freshly squeezed taste of lemons this concoction delivers.
When you consider that Sicilian lemons are believed to have given rise to the mafia, its fair to say they have a fascinating backstory.
Citrus fruits have flourished in Sicilys Mediterranean climate since the 11th century. Bitter orange trees were first brought to the Italian island from North Africa. When these orange trees thrived, it set the wheels in motion for more citrus species to be brought over to Sicily. With so many of the sun-soaked trees lining Palermos bay by the 15th century, the area received the affectionate nickname Conca DOro. Its English translation: Shell of Gold, which helps illustrate the abundance of oranges, lemons and other citrus fruits growing in Sicily.
Initially, the Sicilian lemon was only really a luxury product. If they were sold, aristocratic landowners that grew the lemons would typically sell them either as decorations, or use their peels to craft fragrant essences. By the end of the 18th century, however, there was a significant shift in the production efforts of lemons. The British navy, in their efforts to battle scurvy, realised a regular diet of lemon juice could help keep them healthy. At this point, lemons, which were only a fanciful fruit with limited demand, had become a necessity. Suddenly Britain began importing lemon juice from Sicily by the boatload, with thousands of gallons purchased every year. The island had, in effect, become a huge lemon juice factory.
During the 1800s, the islands citrus produce had become a worldwide favourite. On a daily basis during harvesting season, ships would be filled with the fruit as they set sail from Palermo. The ships would land at produce markets across Europe and America, profiting from the love people had for their citrus fruit.
At the same time, political turmoil led to the rise of what we know today as the mafia. Around 1812, the turmoil led to Palermo reorganising land ownership. Before the disorder gripped the island, the lemon farming system was as followed: absentee landowners would hire gabellotti, essentially middlemen, to manage their farms. The gabellotti would hire peasants to work on the farm, and theyd oversee all of the day-to-day operations. Yet the absentee landowners would still take home most of the profits from the farm. Well during popular revolts, most of the land was actually turned over to the gabellotti. In turn, they hired private guards to oversee their newfound assets and protect against thieves.
During the middle of the 1800s when Sicily was recognised as an official island of Italy, portions of land which had been state or church-owned were reclaimed and put up for sale. Seeing the success of growing citrus, most of this land was turned into small farms. The new landowners recognised lemons as the most profitable crop, and so this was the fruit of choice for many. Yet when setting up these farms, they perhaps didnt realise a hidden cost theyd have to pay: hiring security. If they didnt do so, whether it was due to stubbornness or the inability to afford the added payroll, their farm was a target. And not just for thieves. The gabellotti spotted this as an opportunity to extort the new farms. This all triggered a corrupt and intimidating system, one which was the birth of the mafia.
These days, their interest in Sicilian citrus is virtually non-existent. The islands monopoly on the fruit dropped significantly, which meant profit margins fell in the same way. As a result, the mafia has moved onto more, shall we say, fruitful rackets.
Vodka Lemon and Cream Cocktail
This is the perfect summertime cocktail for lemon lovers. Refreshing, zesty and with an alcoholic kick, this simple recipe is achievable within minutes. With the assistance of a whipped cream dispenser, the topping for this drink can also be done in an instant!
What you will need:
-In a tall glass, pour in both the lemon juice and vodka. Add the caster sugar and stir together well. In cocktail glasses containing crushed ice, pour in the lemon and vodka mix.
- Put the fresh cream and Monin Lemon Rantcho Syrup into the whipped cream dispenser. Attach a charger and shake the device energetically for a few seconds. Squirt the fluffy, lemon-flavoured cream atop the cocktail. NOTE: If Monin Lemon Rantcho Syrup is mixed with Milk/Steamed Milk/Hot Milk it will curdle dues to the citrus within the syrup, please note before purchase.