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YIELDS:

32 -2oz. servings

PREP TIME:

0 hours 15 mins

COOK TIME:

0 hours 10 mins

TOTAL TIME:

3 weeks 25 mins

ingredients

10 Large lemons (Right off the tree is best)

4 Cups vodka

3 Cups water

4 Cups sugar

DIRECTIONS

1. Wash the lemons then dry them with paper towels.

2. Place the lemon zest in a large airtight glass jar or pitcher with a lid then pour the vodka over them. Let them infuse for 2 weeks in a cool place out of direct sunlight. I will cover the jar with a kitchen towel to be sure that it remains in the dark. SHAKE THE JAR OR PITCHER EVERY DAY to mix the ingredients well without ever opening it.  This ensures all the flavor of the lemons is being transferred to the alcohol.

4. Make the syrup at the end of the two weeks. Put the water and sugar in a saucepan and and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Let this simple syrup cool down completely. Then chill it for a couple of hours.

5. Pour the lemon infused vodka through a strainer into a pitcher. Discard the lemon zest…it has served it’s purpose.

6. Once the syrup is cold, add it to the lemon vodka and mix well. The Limoncello is now ready.  (Are you as excited as I am?)

NOTE: This is a classic after dinner drink known as a digestive.  It originated in Southern Italy where lemon trees grow everywhere.  It is soooo lemony and very potent.  It is meant to be served in a little cordial glass and sipped.

I keep my in the freeezer so it is ice cold (no worries, alcohol doesn’t freeze).  It is perfect after a big Italian meal.  So, whip up some of my Italian classics like my Veggie Lasagna or some pasta with Pee Wee’s Italian American Sunday Sauce and serve it with my Garlic Bread.  Then pour this Limoncello and watch your guests sigh with delight!!!

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