NRW: Limoncello

26 May

About 3 years ago I was working a company event when my boss and co-worker got on the subject of something that sounded like lemon jello. As I kept eavesdropping, and they kept being secretive, I learned that it was some kind of drink they enjoyed in the summer time and that my co-workers husband was coming by to bring them some. Umm, I like summer time drinks. Sign me up for that! So he did. I learned it was limoncello that he made, and through learning his recipe, I really appreciated the work that went into it. I hope you enjoy making it this summer as well.

10 lemons
1 (750-ml) bottle vodka
3 1/2 cups water
2 1/2 cups sugar


  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from the lemons in long strips (reserve the lemons for another use). Using a small sharp knife, trim away the white pith from the lemon peels; discard the pith.
  2. Place the lemon peels in a 2-quart pitcher. Pour the vodka over the peels and cover with plastic wrap. Steep the lemon peels in the vodka for 4 days at room temperature.
  3. Stir the water and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Cool completely.
  4. Pour the sugar syrup over the vodka mixture. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight.
  5. Strain the limoncello through a mesh strainer. Discard the peels. Transfer the limoncello to bottles. Seal the bottles and refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours and up to 1 month.



2 Responses to “NRW: Limoncello”

  1. mrstdj May 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

    Yummy! I love limoncello and never thought to try to make it myself. Thanks! Will you know how it turns out.

  2. Chloe, Butterfly Cupcakes May 27, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Oh I wanna go and see it, all the cinemas near me have there first show booked out though 😦

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