Limoncello

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 month

I have been lucky enough to lead some wonderful cooking tours through Italy. On one trip I introduced my traveling companions to the joys of limoncello. Here’s an easy version to make at home- and a toast to Lucia, Moritzia, Marta, Carolina and Erika: Caio Bellas!

Homemade Limoncello makes a great gift. Plan ahead for the holidays and look for pretty and unusual bottles to package it in.

More homemade spirits and liqueurs:

Cranberry Liqueur

Homemade Irish Cream

Cherry Bounce

Homemade Peppermint Schnapps

Homemade Kahlua

Directions

Wash the lemons in hot water, scrubbing thoroughly. With a vegetable peeler, remove the peel. Scrape away all the white pith on the back of the peel with a knife. Put the peels in a 4-quart Mason jar. Add 1 bottle of Vodka; stir. Seal the jar. Place in a dark cabinet for at least 2 weeks and up to a month. ??After at least 2 weeks and up to a month, take out the lemon-Vodka mixture. In a sauce pan over high heat, stir the sugar and water together; boil for 5 minutes. Let the sugar syrup cool completely in the pan, about 10 minutes. Add the sugar syrup to the lemon-Vodka mixture. Stir in the second bottle of Vodka. Re-seal the jar; return to the cabinet for 2 more weeks. Strain the mixture; discard the lemon peel. Pour into clean bottles with caps or corks. Keep a bottle in the freezer until ready to use. (Store extra bottles in the pantry) Serve, icy cold, in vodka or shot glasses.


Yield: 3 quarts

What's Needed:

 

15 organic lemons

2 bottles (750 ml each) good quality, 100 proof vodka or grain alcohol
4 ½ cups sugar
5 cups water

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