Unlike many DIY projects, homemade limoncello provides maximum reward for minimal effort. It requires some advance planning — this isn’t the sort of parlor trick you can turn around in a day — but most of the “work” happens without any activity or input from your end. Lemon rinds infuse high-proof vodka, giving it a sharp tang and sunny color. All that’s left to do is filter, sweeten, and drink in la dolce vita.
This recipe yields approximately 42 ounces of limoncello.
- Peel lemons in long strips, avoiding the bitter white pith.
- Put the lemon peels in the bottom of a quart-sized pot or lidded jar. Pour in vodka.
- Seal tightly with plastic wrap or lid, and keep covered, at room temperature, for four to seven days. (Give the contents a little shake every few days.)
- Uncover and strain your lemon-infused vodka into a large mixing bowl.
- Use water and sugar to make simple syrup, let cool, and stir into limoncello.
- Chill and enjoy.