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Homemade Limoncello Liqueur

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Homemade Limoncello Liqueur is a delightful Italian after dinner drink that is a breeze to make. Invite your friends over and make a batch for homemade gifts!

Homemade Limoncello Liqueur

Homemade Limoncello Liqueur

My first sip of limoncello was during a gourmet dinner at the home of the principal of my boys’ parochial school. We were escorted by limo and wined and dined through the night.

When I thought the meal was over, a citrusy drink was poured into cordial glasses at each place setting. Thank goodness I had a full stomach as I sipped on the delicious, yet potent aperitif.

Homemade Limoncello Liqueur

 

An Easy Homemade Holiday Gift

Limoncello is a classic Italian after dinner drink. Made from lemon zest steeped in vodka, it’s very simple to put together. The last batch was a gift for the gals in my fabulous book club.

When sipping this lovely lemon liqueur after an Italian dinner out with some friends this summer, I promised to show them how to brew this elegant digestif. We all gathered with our lemons and vodka and started peeling.

I sent them home with their jars which remained on their counters for a couple days before adding a simple syrup. The next day, the liqueur was ready to be strained and stored. Such an easy process makes limoncello a perfect hostess or holiday gift. It can be stored for 3 months in the freezer, so it can be made early and stashed away till needed! I hope you’ll treat yourself to a batch of homemade limoncello liqueur!

Homemade Limoncello Liqueur

A Fun Project for a Girls’ Night Out

I sent my girlfriends home with their jars which remained on their counters for a couple days before adding a simple syrup. The next day, the liqueur was ready to be strained and stored. Such an easy process makes limoncello a perfect hostess or holiday gift. It can be stored for 3 months in the freezer, so it can be made early and stashed away till needed! I hope you’ll treat yourself to a batch of homemade limoncello liqueur!

Homemade Limoncello Liqueur

Use some of your homemade limoncello liqueur to make these Limoncello Cupcakes!

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Limoncello | An exquisite Italian lemon liqueur you can make at home

Homemade Limoncello Liqueur

How to make an Italian liqueur at home!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Yield: 1000 ml 1x
  • Category: Liqueur, Holiday
  • Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

  • 8 lemons
  • 750 cc vodka
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups boiling water

Instructions

  1. Peel strips of zest from lemon taking care to remove only the yellow portion. Combine zest and vodka in an airtight container. Let stand at room temperature 2-7 days.
  2. Add sugar to boiling water and stir till sugar dissolves. Cool completely. Stir into vodka mixture. Refrigerate in an airtight container overnight.
  3. Pour liquid through a sieve and into airtight bottles. Discard zest.
  4. Can be kept in freezer up to 3 months.

Notes

Can be kept in freezer up to 3 months.
Total time doesn’t account for resting or refrigerating times. Adapted from Martha Stewart.

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6 comments on “Homemade Limoncello Liqueur”

  1. “This is fair bound blue ribbon winner.”

    From one of my limoncello makers!! 🙂

  2. Great job on the linky party last week! It was very hard to choose from everyone. Come by again and link up to this week’s theme: Chocolate! Hope to see you there.
    http://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com/2011/05/themed-bakers-sunday-3.html
    Alyssa
    P.S. I’m going to have to make this at my next party!

  3. I learned how to make this from Alice Waters sister, Laura Maser. A very similar recipe, only she uses meyer lemons.

  4. I’ve never tried limoncello, but I want to try this! Just wondered – are all 8 lemons completely peeled & used? A little confused about how much zest is needed. Thank you!

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