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Homemade Limoncello


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Homemade Limoncello

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Author: Victoria Bailey
Ice-cold limoncello is a distinguished, refreshing drink and worth the extra time it takes to make.


  • lemons: 10 piece
  • vodka: 1 liter
  • white sugar: 3 cups
  • water: 4 cups

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Stages of cooking

  1. Zest lemons, and place zest into a large glass bottle or jar.
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  2. Pour vodka into the bottle. Cover loosely and let infuse for 1 week at room temperature.
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  3. After 1 week, combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil; do not stir. Boil for 15 minutes, then remove from the heat and allow syrup to cool to room temperature.
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  4. Stir vodka mixture into the syrup. Strain into glass bottles, then seal each bottle with a cork. Let age at room temperature for 2 weeks.
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  5. Store bottled limoncello in the freezer until icy cold.
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  6. Serve in chilled vodka glasses or shot glasses.
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History of the Homemade Limoncello

Limoncello is a traditional Italian liqueur made from lemon zest, vodka, and sugar. It originated in the southern region of Italy, specifically along the Amalfi coast and surrounding islands. In this region, lemons thrive due to the warm, sunny climate, which makes them the perfect ingredient for this sweet, tangy drink.

Originally, limoncello was used as a digestif, meant to be sipped after a meal to aid in digestion. Today, it is enjoyed as an aperitif or as a refreshing drink on a hot summer day.

Tips and Tricks for Homemade Limoncello Recipe

To make the best limoncello, there are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind:

  • Use high-quality ingredients. Make sure the lemons are organic and not waxed, as the wax can affect the flavor of the limoncello. Use a good quality vodka, as this will affect the overall taste of the drink.
  • Be patient. Infusing the vodka with lemon zest takes time. It's important to let it sit for at least a week to allow the flavors to meld together.
  • Use a large glass bottle or jar. The glass will not react with the alcohol, and the wide mouth of the container makes it easier to strain the liquid after infusing.
  • Strain the mixture thoroughly. This will ensure that there are no lemon pieces or pulp in the limoncello, resulting in a smooth and clear drink.
  • Let it age. Aging the limoncello for two weeks will allow the flavors to develop and mellow out. This will result in a smoother and less harsh taste.

Tips for presenting the dish

Limoncello is best served icy cold, straight from the freezer. Serve it in chilled vodka glasses or shot glasses for a refreshing, tangy drink. You can also garnish the glasses with a twist of lemon peel or a sprig of fresh mint. Limoncello is a great drink to serve at parties or as an after-dinner treat. Enjoy!

What Is Limoncello?

Limoncello is a lemon-flavored liqueur that originated in Southern Italy. It's particularly popular on the Amalfi Coast, where lemon trees are abundant. Limoncello is the second most popular liqueur in Italy (Campari takes the No. 1 spot) and is usually served after dinner as a digestivo.

How to Drink Limoncello

Serve the limoncello in chilled vodka glasses or shot glasses. Remember: Though it is extremely sweet and easy to drink, limoncello packs a strong punch — so make sure to drink responsibly!

How Long Does Homemade Limoncello Last?

Homemade limoncello doesn't last as long as its store-bought counterpart. Stored in an airtight container, it should last in the refrigerator for up to three months or in the freezer for up to one year.

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