It started with lemons. Washed lemons from the tree in the garden.
The peeling began. Leaving the white pith behind.
The peel became a mound.
The peel and the vodka met in the jug. They wandered off to a quiet dark corner to get to know each other better.
This recipe is very easy to make. There are few steps. However it is a recipe of patience. The longer you leave the lemon peel in the alcohol, the better the taste. So advanced planning is required if you want to make it in time for Christmas or for a special occasion.
I am storing my limoncello in the corner of the library away from sunlight.
10-14 lemons, organic, peeled
1 1/2 – 2 bottles of vodka
2 1/2 c water, filtered
2 c sugar
Step 1: The peeling
Wash the lemons.
Peel lemons with a potato peeler. Don’t go too deep. We don’t want the pith, the white part.
Add the lemon peel to a large jug.
Pour the vodka over the lemon peel.
Let it rest in a dark corner for 14 – 40 days.
Step 2: The syrup addition
After the end of step 1, make the sweet syrup.
In a large saucepan add the water and sugar. Gently bring to the boil.
Boil for 5 -7 minutes.
Set aside to cool.
Once cool add the syrup to the lemon peel and vodka.
Do not stir.
Let it rest in a dark corner for another 14 – 40 days.
Step 3: The straining and bottling
Strain the peel from the liquid.
Bottle the limoncello into nice bottles.
Label and seal.
Store limoncello in the freezer until ready to serve.
Serve straight from the freezer.