Limoncello. Learn how to make homemade Italian Limoncello (lemon flavored liqueur) with just 4 simple ingredients.
Limoncello! The luxuriously lemon digestivo! It just screams spring and summertime to me. There’s nothing like it. I love everything about it. It’s vibrant color, it’s sweet citrus smell, it’s smooth as Casanova flavor. But then again, I love all things lemon. It may look like sunshine and sweetness but pucker up princesses (and princes) this one packs a punch.
Limoncello is a drink that originated in Southern Italy. It’s typically made from Sorrento Lemons, which are some of the most beautiful lemons you will evah taste. The first time I had this summertime sipper I was hooked. 4 simple ingredients are all you need to make your own homemade limoncello.
How do you store and serve Limoncello?
Limoncello does not require refrigeration, but it is best served chilled. Store your limoncello in the freezer so it is ready when you are. It will not not freeze. If you want to be extra, you can also chill your serving glasses.
What are the best lemons to use? What is the best way to peel lemons?
Organic lemons are best for this recipe, as we’re using the peels.
A vegetable peeler works best for me. It’s not a potato peeling race, go slowly and you’ll have better results. You ONLY want the lemon peel and not the pith (white portion), which is where the bitterness lies. If you happen to get a little of the pith, just use your pairing knife and cut it off.
What is the alcohol in Limoncello?
High-proof grain alcohol is the best option. This will extract more lemon flavor from the peels, and makes a smoother limoncello. I used Everclear (you could also use moonshine).
Choose a glass container with a seal-able, airtight lid. You’ll be shaking this once a day and you don’t want anything spewing out.
Don’t throw all those naked lemons away. Make LEMON CURD !
This recipe is intended for those 21 years of age and older. Please drink responsibly.
- 1 liter pure grain alcohol (Everclear)
- 10 organic lemons - peeled
- 3 cups sugar
- 4 1/2 cups water
- Wash your lemons and dry them well. Remove the peels with your vegetable peeler . Careful to ONLY peel the rind and NOT the pith (white portion).
- Place the lemon peels into a large glass container with an wide mouth & an airtight lid. Pour the alcohol on top & seal with lid. Keep the container in a cool dry dark place. Shake it once a day for approximately 10 days.
- On the 11th day, boil the water and sugar, stirring often until well combined, making a make a simple syrup. Take off of heat and let it cool completely.
- Remove the lemon peels from your jar and discard. Strain the liquid with a sieve or coffee filter. Combine the two liquids together. Pour them into desired bottles and leave them at least once month before consuming.
- Note: Limoncello is best served chilled.
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