In summer I can really enjoy an ice-cold limoncello after a hot day. When dinner is done, the sun sets and a breeze is welcome, I take my homemade limoncello out of the freezer, enjoy listening to the birds and watching my dog. If you want to make your own, it’s really really easy and very low-effort. You only need patience and time. Ideal isn’t it?
What you need to make 1 litre.
- 5 bio-lemons
- 600 ml vodka
- 200 gr sugar
- 400 ml water
- glass container
How to make it.
Wash the lemons. Zest them carefully, you only need the yellow of the skin. Or peel them, like I do. Leave the white as much as possible on the lemons. Put the zest in a clean glass jar. Measure 600 ml of vodka and pour that on top of the lemon zest. Let it rest for 2 to 3 weeks in a dark and cool place. The vodka will take on the smell, color and taste of the lemon zest. There is no need to stir it, just let it be. You can look of course as it looks quite beautiful imo.
Strain and discard of the zest; keep the vodka. Put 400 ml water in a small pot or pan on a low heat, add the sugar and stir until it dissolves and you made a sugar syrup. Let it cool down. Combine the sugar syrup with the vodka, the mixture will appear unclear. Let your limoncello sit for a week in a cool and dark place.
Store the limoncello in the refrigerator or freezer. Serve ice-cold and enjoy!
Drawing of lemons, designed by Freepik.