What do you do when life gives you lemons and vodka? You make yourself some limoncello to enjoy the last bit of summer! This recipe is incredibly simple, but it does take some time and patience. But the result is worth it, this method gives you flavours that you just can’t get with just soaking vodka in lemon zest. Check out the full video recipe after the break.
I don’t drink spirits that often, I’m definitely more of a beer drinker. But it doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate good liquor like bourbon, rye, tequila or in this case limoncello. This method gives you a drink that tastes very different than the store bought ones and the one where you steep the vodka with lemon zest.
I find that some store bought limoncello are a bit too sweet, or “commercial”. It’s like the difference between drinking canned lemonade and making some of your own. The flavours are very different. I personally prefer homemade ones (or the more expensive brands) since I can adjust the strength and sweetness of the product. The only issue I have is that you have to get the best organic lemons or else you’ll different flavours that you don’t want.
If you have time and are willing to wait a month for this drink then you’ll be pleasantly surprised of you’ll get out of this recipe. But if you’re unwilling to spend the time waiting, then I highly suggest you to still make this recipe and buy yourself a nice bottle of limoncello to enjoy. Win win!
2 organic lemons
750 ml Vodka
250 ml water
1 cup sugar
air tight jar
Get some nice organic lemons. Give them a good wash and dry them thoroughly. Wrap the lemons in the cheese cloth, and tie it off with twine. Make sure the twine is long enough so you can tie the outside of your jar to suspend the lemons. Pour the vodka into the jar, and insert the lemons in. With the excess twine, tie around the jar so that the lemons are hanging above the vodka. Place the jar in a dark cool place and leave it there for 1 month (I know it’s a long time but it’s worth it!).
After a month, take the container out and grab some water, sugar and 2 more fresh organic lemons. Pour the water and sugar in a pot and heat it up over medium heat till it starts to simmer and the sugar is completely dissolved. Place aside to cool down. Meanwhile peel the zest of both lemons, making sure to get only get the yellow skin and none of the white pith.
Once the syrup is cooled, take out the old lemons from the jar and pour in the liquid sugar. Start by adding 1/4 of the syrup and taste to see if you like it. This is your limoncello after all, so sweeten it to your liking. Once you are satisfied with the sweetness, add in the lemon zest, give it a good stir, and place it in the fridge for 1 and a half hours.
When time is up, take out the lemon zest and place the limoncello back in the fridge until it is completely chilled. There you have it, homemade limoncello!