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Homemade Limoncello

This delightful apertif is inspired by Capri Island, where limoncello is the signature drink, made from the local lemons that grow in abundance. Though yours won't taste quite the same as the brew from that island, our recipe for liquid sunshine will make you dream sweet dreams of Italy...

Ingredients: Print Ingredients

8-10 organic, unwaxed lemons
1 quart vodka
4 cups water
3 cups granulated sugar


Wash and zest the lemons, being careful to use only the yellow rind and not the soft white part. Mix the zest into the vodka and let it sit, covered, for 48-72 hours. In a saucepan, combine the water and sugar and heat to boiling , stirring constantly, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Let the syrup cool. Mix the cooled syrup with the lemon-vodka mixture and strain through a cheesecloth. Place the strained liquid into a glass bottle, stopper, and freeze.

How To Serve:

Just before serving, remove limoncello from the freezer and pour into small cordial glasses or decorative shot glasses.

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