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This has been the craziest week.  It is very late on Sunday night and I still trying to figure out where the week went.  But I wanted to share this recipe with you before I went to bed.  As you know, lemon and I are very good friends.  I love Limoncello to drink and to cook with so I figured I would try to use up some of the lemons that I had around to make a batch.  It really could not have been any easier.  But you must be patient, this takes at least 2 weeks from the time you put it together until you can drink it.

For the first part:

1/2 cup lemon rinds
4 cups vodka
a clean container with a lid (I got mine at Ikea)

For the simple syrup:

3 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar

Peel the lemons with a vegetable peeler making sure to not get the pith.  Put the lemon strips in the bottom of a container.  Pour the vodka over the lemons.

Let this sit for at least 2 weeks.  Give it a swirl every now and again.

When you are ready to continue, make the simple syrup.  Put 1 1/2 cups sugar and 3 cups water in a saucepan and bring to a boil so the sugar can dissolve.  Let this cool.  (I used vanilla sugar, that is why you see pieces floating in it)

Strain the lemon peel out and throw the peel away.  Pour the vodka mixture back into the container.  Add the cooled simple syrup.  That is it!

The Italians like to drink this over ice after dinner but I love to add it to whipped cream for summer fruit or use it in a cheesecake.  There are so many things that you can do with it.  It also makes a great hostess gift for summer barbecues.  Make a batch and share with some friends.

Limoncello

Ingredients

  • For the first part:
  • 1/2 cup lemon rinds
  • 4 cups vodka
  • a clean container with a lid (I got mine at Ikea)
  • For the simple syrup:
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • Peel the lemons with a vegetable peeler making sure to not get the pith.

Instructions

  1. Put the lemon strips in the bottom of a container. Pour the vodka over the lemons.
  2. Let this sit for at least 2 weeks. Give it a swirl every now and again.
  3. When you are ready to continue, make the simple syrup. Put 1 1/2 cups sugar and 3 cups water in a saucepan and bring to a boil so the sugar can dissolve. Let this cool. (I used vanilla sugar, that is why you see pieces floating in it)
  4. Strain the lemon peel out and throw the peel away. Pour the vodka mixture back into the container. Add the cooled simple syrup. That is it!
  5. The Italians like to drink this over ice after dinner but I love to add it to whipped cream for summer fruit or use it in a cheesecake. There are so many things that you can do with it. It also makes a great hostess gift for summer barbecues. Make a batch and share with some friends.
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16 Responses to Limoncello

  1. fred says:

    Nice how to recipe and Fantastic Photos. Since you are using only the outer skin of the lemon, look for organic lemons that have not been treated with nasty stuff. Look for lemon varieties that have a thick skin and are high in essential oils. In Italy they use Sorrento Lemons. In the US a Eureka is similar. Meyers is not a true lemon and will give an interesting result. Also try an alternative sweetener such as agave instead of refined sugar for a warmer palate feel. This recipe will create a Limoncello that is a little low in alcohol over traditional Limoncello. If you are using Vodka (40% 80 proof) the final alcohol will be less that 20% instead of 30-35%. It will freeze at this proof. A higher proof alcohol will extract out the oils and color faster. We love Limoncello so much we started a company in Sonoma to produce it commercially from distilled wine country grapes. Check out http://www.hellosonoma.com Salute! Would love to try some of your limoncello recipes!

  2. Shaheen says:

    This looks so incredibly easy! have got to bookmakr it. I just got a bottle of vodka yesterday for hazelnut liqueur.

  3. Oh my gosh, limoncello is my favorite ever since one of my girlfriends brought me some back from a trip to Italy. Gorgeous photos!

  4. Rae says:

    Two delights from a memorable trip to Calabria: Lemoncello over sugared, ripest of the ripe strawberries, and, are you ready, a shot of Scotch over a big scoop of hazelnut ice cream. Heaven in both.

  5. Eleanor says:

    Hi, great post! I’m a student, and I was wondering if the quality of the vodka you use makes a huge difference. I’d like to save some money where I can so if I could use a cheap-ish vodka and get a nearly-as-good taste, I’d go for it! Any advice?

  6. Eleanor says:

    Thanks so much for your quick response! I’ll let you know how it goes in a couple of weeks ;)

  7. Eleanor says:

    Hi, well, I finally tasted my limoncello made with Morrisons’ £9 a bottle vodka and it came out just fine. Perhaps a little strong-tasting of alcohol, but yummy all the same.

  8. Eleanor says:

    I tried a batch with oranges. Even tastier, and it doesn’t need as much sugar syrup either.

  9. Megan says:

    OMG, I’m new to your blog (thanks to StumbleUpon – LOVE IT!). I’m so trying this when the weather warms up and we can do an outdoors Girl’s Night!

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  11. Petitelien says:

    May I use orange peel instead of lemon? Thanks for sharing

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