Limoncello is an Italian liquor made from the zest of lemons steeped in alcohol until the natural oils and aromatics release. The resulting liquid is combined with a simple syrup and bottled, resulting in a delicious drink to sip or drizzled over ice cream, either way you decide its delicious! This is one of those things you can enjoy year round, and makes for the perfect gourmet gift for any occasion.
Yield roughly 2 bottles, 3 1/2 cups lemon juice
15 lemons, peeled
850 mL vodka
2 cups organic cane sugar or 3/4 cup monk fruit sugar
3 3/4 cups filtered water
- Using a vegetable peeler, peel the skin of the lemons and trim away any pith remaining on the lemon peels.
- In a large pitcher with the lemon peels, pour the vodka over them and cover tightly. Steep the peels in the vodka for 8 days at room temperature.
- In a sauce pan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar and water until it dissolves, about 3 minutes. Pour the syrup into the vodka mixture, mix, and strain into bottles. Let sit at room temperature for 14 days before storing in refrigerator until cold.
- Serve chilled and enjoy.
Chef’s tip: Make sure you use 100 proof and higher.