How to Make Homemade Limoncello! – Booze, the gift that keeps on giving! This incredibly easy to make liquor will put a smile on the face of everyone you gift it to!
Three simple ingredients. Lemons, of course. Along with vodka and some sugar and water to make the simple syrup. Mixed together it makes a delicious and smooth tasting grown up treat!
See Recipe Card for printable instructions below.
Step 1: Remove the yellow rind from the lemon, leaving the white stuff. The pith on the lemon is bitter. The easiest way to do this is with a potato peeler.
Step 2: Add the lemon rind straight to the bottle of vodka and store in a cool dark place for 4-5 days.
Normally I add a drop or two of yellow food coloring to keep it from looking like a medical sample…ewwww! If your lemons give off a ton of color you may not need too. I like the brightness that even one drop of the food coloring adds.
I purchased the cute little bottles here and the tags at a craft store.
About the vodka – I go cheap and cheerful. Not bottom shelf, not top shelf….just somewhere in the middle.
NOTE: There are recipes that use whole grain alcohol for Homemade Limoncello. My thought on that is this it is pretty potent already and it goes down really easy. I wouldn’t feel to good about my fave people getting too tipsy…kinda ruins the fun and the gift.
Step 3: When your vodka is ready and full of lemony flavor, strain through a cheesecloth. Combine the water and sugar in a large sauce pan to make your simple syrup. Bring to a boil and stir. Simmer for a minute or two until all the sugar has dissolved. Let cool completely. You can store in the refrigerator until you are ready to mix your Limoncello.
Step 4: Combine simple syrup and steeped vodka. You may not use all the simple syrup. It’s up to you and your tastebuds on how much to add. I use one cup of syrup to two cups of vodka. Tasting is the best way to tell…I love my jobbbbb! If desired, add yellow food coloring one drop at a time. 3-4 drops for the entire batch should be adequate.
We made bottles and bottles of this stuff for our daughters wedding and it was a total hit! Rachel ordered labels from Etsy and each guest got a little bottle at their table. We filled the kiddo’s bottles with jelly beans…sooo cute!
To keeping the family smiling at the holidays!
Kathi & Rachel
More boozy gifts? How about this Overnight Cranberry Crush. When you don’t have 4-5 days to steep lemons, this is a great colorful gift!
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This easy and impressive liquor takes only a few ingredients to make!
- 1.75 liter vodka
- 5-6 large lemons
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- 2 drops yellow food coloring optional
Remove the rind from the lemons using a potato peeler, and add to the vodka. Let sit in a cool dark place for a minimum of 4 days. You can soak this for a month if you like, and I have done that! But there is no additional intensity of flavor. The peels give all they got in the first few days.
When your vodka is ready, strain through cheese cloth to ensure a bright and clear liquor. Combine the water and sugar in a large sauce pan to make your simple syrup. Bring to a boil and stir. Simmer for a minute or two until all the sugar has dissolved. Let cool completely. Store in refrigerator until you are ready to mix your Limoncello.
Combine simple syrup and steeped vodka. You may not use all the simple syrup. It's up to you and your tastebuds on how much to add. I use one cup of syrup to two cups of vodka. Tasting is the best way to tell...I love my jobbbbb! Add yellow food coloring one drop at a time. 3-4 drops for the entire batch should be adequate.
After your Limoncello is done. Store in airtight bottles in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. Turns out booze has a really long shelf life!
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