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How To Make Limoncello

How To Make Limoncello
…make Limoncello…
I have fond memories of sipping homemade Limoncello at the home of some dear friends in Rome two summers ago. Crisp, sweet and refreshing. I was intrigued that she’d made it herself.
So when a dear friend, here in California, gave me a large bag of organic lemons off her tree, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try making my own.
An online search found several recipes. I combined several and this is what I came up with.
I used more lemons than all the recipes called for because organic lemons have thinner rinds.

 

15 organic lemons
1 liter bottle of Vodka
2 1/2 cups organic sugar
3 1/2 cups water
Wash the lemons thoroughly.
Carefully grate just the outer rind with fine gauge grater. The white part underneath will make it bitter.
Place peels in 2 quart container and pour Vodka over it.
Cover tightly. Leave in cool dark place to steep for 40 days.
Stir the sugar and water in a large saucepan over medium heat for 15 minutes, until sugar is totally dissolved. Cool completely and add to Vodka mixture.
Test a sip several times while adding, to get the sweetness you want.
Store in cool dark place for another 15 days.
Strain the Limoncello through a fine mesh strainer and then a second time through unbleached coffee filters.
Discard peels and transfer Limoncello to bottles with tight fitting corks.
Store in refrigerator or freezer and serve ice cold.
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The key to testing your Limoncello formula is to sip very small tastes until you get the Vodka, sugar mixture to your liking. If you sip too much…you get smashed it’s a party!

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Hubs came in while I was up to my elbows straining the mixture. He proclaimed it San Francisco moonshine and thought it was probably less expensive to just buy the importedLimoncello made in Italy. Spoiled sport.He could be right, but its all about the creating for me and I like that its organic. Of course the Vodka isn’t…but I’m not worrying about that part. It was fun and they’ll make lovely hostess gifts this summer with a yellow ribbon tied around the neck of the bottle.

Another online search came across this fantastic looking recipe for Limoncello Lemon Cake.
Limoncello Lemon Cake recipe here. 

Then I found a Limoncello Cookie recipe here. 

and a Limoncello Ice Cream recipe here.
It seems there is no end to what I can make with myLimoncello.I’m starting a new batch this weekend since this one turned out so deliciously.
I want to try the cookies made with my homemade Limoncello.

Hope you’ve got something fun planned for your weekend!

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20 Comments

  1. April 12, 2013 / 5:51 pm

    I agree with the cookies. They look great.

  2. April 12, 2013 / 6:03 pm

    I have never heard of this…but it sounds amazing and I will dream of that cake until I finally make one!

  3. April 12, 2013 / 6:27 pm

    You had me at 1 liter bottle of Vodka! I love Limoncello and always bring a bottle back from my visits to Italy. It’s deliciously refreshing. I prefer the home-made hooch that some restaurants make to the more commercial ones. So, I’m sure I’d be giving your Limoncello the paws up!

    • April 17, 2013 / 2:46 pm

      LOL Sulky. It’s pretty good…I’ve been sampling JUST to be sure its good enough before instant “gifting” it out.

  4. April 12, 2013 / 8:34 pm

    I first had Limoncello several years ago on holiday in Sorrento. Thank you for this recipe which I shall definitelly try! Lemon drizzle cake is a favourite of mine and this looks like a wonderful version.
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

  5. Bourbon & Pearls
    April 13, 2013 / 4:45 am

    ‘San Francisco moonshine’ – he says that like it’s a bad thing! I’m in hysterics at Sulky’s comment. I’m heading to the home of Limoncello in a few weeks and was just wondering how I could bring a bottle back, I don’t think I can, too many plane changes, I’ve far too wimpy to pack alcohol in my suitcase.

  6. April 14, 2013 / 12:07 am

    I MISSED YOU!OH, GOOD GRIEF………..I HEARD ONLY GREAT THINGS ABOUT YOU.SEEMS WE ALL LIKE THE SAME KIND OF PANTS!AS FOR THE LIMONCELLO MY HUSBAND MAKES IT WITH PURE ALCOHOL FROM ITALY!I WOULD LIKE TO TRY YOURS WITH VODLKA!I THINK WE SHOULD MEET FOR A TASTE TEST!CAN YOU RING ME TO ARRANGE A DATE?WE ALSO MAKE HOMEMADE PIZZA!SO, COME ON OVER THAT BRIDGE AGAIN AND WE WILL WINE AND DINE YOU………CIAO FOR NOW! SO,SORRY, SO UPSET I MISSED YOUR VISIT!
    ELIZABETH
    925-253-9841

    • April 17, 2013 / 2:49 pm

      I’ll call next time I’m in your neck of the woods! Sorry I missed you too.

  7. April 14, 2013 / 3:23 pm

    I was just thinking about busting out the ice cream maker again – I’ll definitely be trying that recipe!

  8. Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou
    April 14, 2013 / 10:41 pm

    Mmmmmm sounds delicious … and that came is sending me running from my house out to dinner! I love lemons and they’re so perfect for spring! Thanks for sharing the fabulous recipes and for stopping by the blog last week .. now to see if I can keep from ordering a slice of lemon meringue pie after dinner! hugs! xo ~S

    SANDY M Illustration
    http://oohlafroufrou.blogspot.com

  9. April 15, 2013 / 8:28 pm

    Nothing lovelier or of more pleasure than lemons and lemon desserts! Thank you for the visual treat!

  10. vintagefrenchchic
    April 15, 2013 / 8:12 pm

    I read this post on my Nook the other day…my mouth watered immediately and I shared the recipe with my daughter. She agreed–it sounds so wonderful.

  11. Catherine Robinson
    April 16, 2013 / 6:55 pm

    I LOVE lemons…lemon tart is my favourite dessert although I like the look this ice cream recipe 😉
    Limoncello always reminds me of Sardinia…I tasted it there first!
    Have a lovely week.
    xx

  12. April 17, 2013 / 6:35 am

    I’ve never heard of limoncella but will have to try the next time people at the office bring in their homegrown lemons. Yum, yum, sounds so good and the recipes you found all look delish.

    I used to make a batch of coffee liqueur around the holidays, same idea, and they do make nice gifts.

    • April 17, 2013 / 2:51 pm

      This is my first foray into homemade liquor but I’ll be trying more. It’s so simple and delicious.

  13. April 17, 2013 / 3:58 pm

    Oooh, everything looks delicious. I love anything and everything with lemon, particularly Limoncello. I have an Italian friend who makes it in huge batches and is very generous when she pours.

    I have always been more attracted to the tart as opposed to the sweet. I guess that’s the little “tart” in me. Let’s make that “tarte”……sounds much better, doesnt’ it?

    Ciao for now, M-T

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