Limoncello

Total Time:
192 hr 48 min
Prep:
45 min
Inactive:
192 hr
Cook:
3 min

Yield:
approximately 36 ounces
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds lemons, about 8 to 10
  • 750 ml vodka, 100 proof
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup sugar
Directions
  • Carefully remove the zest from the lemons using a microplane or rasp grater, being careful not to remove any of the white pith. Reserve the lemons to make lemonade or squeeze and freeze the juice for later use.

  • Put the lemon zest into a lidded glass container that is at least 2-quarts in size. Pour the vodka over the zest, and let sit in a cool dark place for 7 days.

  • After 7 days, strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer lined with muslin or several layers of cheesecloth and return the vodka to the container.

  • Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan set over high heat and cook, stirring continually, until the sugar is completely dissolved, approximately 3 minutes. Once completely cool, add the sugar syrup to the vodka, and stir to combine.

  • Cover and put the container in the freezer for at least 4 hours. Limoncello can be stored in the freezer for up to a year.


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