Simple and ingenious: homemade Limoncello

Golden and bright, this Italian specialty is the perfect summer refreshment: Limoncello is a delicious lemon liqueur, especially popular in Sicily and Naples. It's best served chilled, and is not only enjoyed as a drink, but also as an ingredient in cakes and ice cream. Now you can learn how to make this wonderful liqueur at home!

You'll need:

  • 1 liter vodka
  • 10 organic lemons
  • 1 and 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water

Here's how:

  1. Wash and peel your lemons, making sure you only set aside the yellow part of the peel. The white part will make the Limoncello bitter. 
  2. Next, place your lemon peel into a container and pour in the vodka. Let steep for at least four days. The longer the peel stays in the alcohol, the more intense the flavor.
  3. Bring the water and sugar to a boil, and then let cool.  
  4. Once cooled, pour the sugar water in with the vodka and lemon peel. Using a funnel lined with a coffee filter, spoon or pour your mixture into a new container, leaving out the lemon peel. 
  5. Now you only need to transfer the Limoncello to a beautiful glass bottle, and place in the refrigerator to cool. 

Homemade Limoncello tastes so much better than store-bought, and you have complete control over what goes in it. The Italian specialty is perfect for a muggy summer evening, and is also a great gift idea for friends and family. Cheers! 


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