Homemade Limoncello Recipe and Gift-Giving

Personalzied Limoncello Labels from Adelia Press & Nancy Nikko

Personalzied Limoncello Labels from Adelia Press & Nancy Nikko

How to Make Limoncello

Limoncello is the perfect thing to have on hand during the holidays (or year round) for last minute hostess gifts, or just gifts in general.
It's easy to make, and fun to customize your homemade elixir!

The only hard part is letting it sit while the lemon extracts from the zest. There are recipes that range in time from 3 days to a month!

Homemade Limoncello Recipe:

This recipe is adapted from Alton Brown's Limoncello recipe. It allows for a much shorter steeping time, than the 4 weeks that some recipes call for.

Equipment needed:
large glass jar with lid, at least 2 qts in size
zester, or vegetable peeler

10 lemons (look for thick-skinned lemons which will be easier to zest)
750 ml bottle of 100-proof Vodka
2/3 cup water
2/3 cup sugar


Have your clean large glass jar and lid on hand

Prepare your lemons by washing with hot water to get rid of any pesticides and/or wax, then pat dry.

Zest the lemons, being careful not to include any of the bitter white pith of the inner peel - you just want the yellow portion.
Put the lemon zests into your jar.

Add vodka by pouring over zest strips in jar, and cap with lid.

Let mixture sit in cool, dark place for at least 7 -10 days, let steep, no need to stir.

After the mixture has steeped for 7 or so days, pour through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth (you'll need several layers) into empty bowl, and then pour the filtered liquid back into your steeping jar, which should now be empty of zest.
Set aside.

Put the water and sugar in a small saucepan over high heat, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved, this should take about 2-4 minutes.

When the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat, and let cool completely.

Pour the cooled sugar water into the container with vodka, and stir to mix.

At this point you have Limoncello!
You can leave the Limoncello in the large container or bottle it for gifts. Store in freezer for up to a year.

Want to dress up your Limoncello bottles with personalized labels?
Visit the Labels and Tags page here:
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