Limoncello

Photo: Limoncello

TOTAL TIME: 4 hr 40 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive Prep: 4 hr
Cook: 10 min
 
YIELD: 7 cups
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

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

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. 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.

Stir the water and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Cool completely. Pour the sugar syrup over the vodka mixture. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight. 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.

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  • on April 28, 2012

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    After seeing Giada on the show making limoncello, and wanting to make it for quite some time, that motivated me to actually do it. Not that it's hard or anything. I spent quite a bit of time on the internet looking at other recipes and settled on this one with a few changes. I used 190 proof pure grain alcohol which is tasteless and odorless as opposed to vodka. I also steeped the lemon peels for 40 days, then filtered through several coffee filters in a sieve to strain out sedimtent. Made simple syrup as directed and mixed with the alcohol. Final alcohol percentage was 32.8% which is in the same range as the ones we've bought in Italy. It is FANTASTIC!!!!

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