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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Simple Limoncello Recipe

Simple Limoncello Liqueur
  • 15 lemons
  • 2 bottles (750 ml) 100-proof vodka or grain alcohol
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 5 cups water

Wash and dry the lemons.
Zest lemons, making sure not to cut into the pith.
Combine one bottle of vodka and the zest to a 1-gallon mason or other glass jar. Save vodka liquor bottles and clean them thoroughly for later re-bottling.
Store the infusion in a cool, dry place 2-4 weeks. The longer the zest sits in the vodka, the more vibrant the color of the liquid.
next step (after 2+ weeks):
Combine sugar and water in a pan and bring to a boil; cook until thickened to make a simple syrup. Let this mixture cool and add to the limoncello mixture.
Add the additional bottle of vodka, and let sit for another 2 weeks.
Step 3 (2 weeks later...):
When done aging, strain out the lemon zest and bottle the limoncello in the reserved vodka bottles.

Keep the limoncello in the freezer and serve icy cold.
Other uses:


  • Add to a vodka tonic for extra zing!
  • Add limoncello to a fresh mint mojito to make a lemon mint mojito.
  • Add to lemonade or iced tea.
  • Pour over fresh fruit salad.
  • just have a limoncello shot as a treat~
bon apetite!


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