Homemade Limoncello



Citrus season is at its peak and I am taking full advantage of this wonderful fruit. A few weeks ago I posted this delicious Blood Orange Margarita which got me thinking about other great drinks made with citrus.  I remembered watching an episode of Everyday Italian where Giada made homemade Limoncello and I knew immediately I wanted to try it.  The recipe is really simple and only calls for a few ingredients.  Limoncello is the second most popular liqueur in Italy and in generally served chilled as an after-dinner digestivo.  In the US it is mainly used in cocktails, I will be featuring three different cocktail using this delicious lemon liqueur.  Also, I used the leftover lemons for another treat I will be showing you this week, so stay tuned…….


Homemade Limoncello
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  1. 10 Lemons
  2. 1 (750 ml) bottle Vodka
  3. 3 1/2 Cups Water
  4. 2 1/2 Cups Sugar
  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from the lemon using long strips (reserve the lemons for another use). Using a pairing knife cut off any pith from the peels.
  2. Place the lemon peels in a 2-quart pitcher. Pour the entire bottle of Vodka into the pitcher.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and steep the mixture for 4 days at room temperature.
  4. In a medium sauce pan on medium-high heat add the sugar and water. Stir until combined. Cook until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove pan from the heat and cool completely.
  6. Pour the sugar syrup in the pitcher with the vodka mixture. Let stand at room temperature overnight.
  7. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer. Discard the peels.
  8. Pour the mixture in a glass bottle and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. Lasts for 1 month.
Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis
Miranda's Kitchen http://mirandaskitchen.com/adventures/

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