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DIY Limoncello Overview
Limoncello is a lemon liqueur, originally produced in Southern Italy. It's served as an apertif, but also used in cocktails and deserts.
- Lemon peels. Be sure to use organic lemons to make sure pesticides don't make their way in.
- Alcohol. Grain alcohol or vodka work. 100 - 150 proof.
- Zester. A microplane works best. Like this though a vegetable peeler can be used instead.
- Funnel. Like this.
- Swing-top glass bottles like these.
DIY Lemoncello Recipe
- 10 lemons, 3 cups of water, and 3 cups of sugar per bottle of vodka. (750ml)
Making Your Own Limoncello
- Zest the lemons. Avoid pith entirely (adds unwanted bitterness).
- Steep the lemons in the vodka for one week to a month and a half. (Dark, cool place.)
- Boil water and sugar until dissolved into a simple syrup.
- Cool simple syrup.
- Pour simple syrup over steeped vodka.
- Wait one week to a month and a half. (Dark, cool place).
- Strain out lemon peels (using mesh strainer if you used a vegetable peeler, or coffee filters if you used a microplane) and store in refrigerator/freezer.