Lemon is one of my favorite flavors to enjoy in the summertime. Fresh lemonade and lemon bars with powdered sugar have always been two of my favorite ways to use lemons and now a new favorite has joined the party: homemade limoncello. When life gives you lemons, make homemade limoncello.
You’ll need a bottle of vodka and 10 lemons to make this fabulous, crisp liqueur. I used a bottle of Svedka vodka that I bought for $11.99 but you can use any brand you’d like, just don’t use anything too expensive.
This limoncello is light & refreshing which makes it the perfect ingredient for a summer cocktail. I have also seen some fabulous dessert recipes using limoncello and I’ll be sharing those in a few weeks. As you all know from this post and this post, I love boozy desserts.
Do you like limoncello?
Have you ever made it at home before?
- 10 lemons
- 750mL vodka (I used Svedka)
- 2½ c. granulated sugar
- 3 c. water
- Use a vegetable peeler to remove lemon peels in strips. If any white pith remains on the peels, use a small paring knife to trim them away.
- Place lemon peels in a 2-quarter container with vodka. Store at room temperature for 4-7 days.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, stir water and sugar until dissolved. Once simple syrup has cooled completely, pour over the lemon/vodka mixture. Let stand overnight at room temperature.
- Strain limoncello using a mesh strainer and discard lemon peels. Transfer limoncello to individual bottles and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.