Yellow Limoncello

Introduction: Yellow Limoncello

In Italy, they serve Limoncello in the evening. It is a nice refreshing lemon liquor served at the end of a delicious meal. I have never found a good limoncello in the US so I did some research then took bits and pieces of various recipes to come up with a simple yet delicious version you can make at home.

Step 1: Materials

For this delicious concoction you will need 5 lemons, 1 1/4 cup of sugar, 2 cups vodka, 2 cups of water, 2 liter pitcher, knife, cutting board, strainer, and a bowl.

Step 2: Cut Yellow Peel

Wash and dry the 5 lemons then carefully cut off yellow part of the peel. Only cut the yellow part not the white pith as that will make your drink bitter.

Step 3: Add Peels and Vodka Then Wait

Add all the peels to the 2 liter pitcher. Measure out 2 cups of vodka and add to the pitcher as well. Cover and let set out at room temperature for 3 days.

Step 4: Strain Out Peels

After 3 days, pour contents through a strainer into a bowl to remove peels then return liquid to the pitcher.

Step 5: Simple Syrup

Create a simple syrup by warming up 2 cups water in the microwave. Then add 1 1/4 cup sugar to the bowl of warm water, stirring solution until sugar is completely dissolved. Note: Water does not need to boil, warming the water helps dissolve the sugar faster.

Step 6: Add Simple Syrup and Rerigerate

Add the simple syrup to the pitcher with the lemon vodka solution. Cover pitcher and refrigerate for 3-4 hours prior to serving.

Step 7: Pour and Enjoy

Once chilled, pour and enjoy a taste of Italy!

Step 8: Creamy Limoncello

For a nice alternative, add 1 teaspoon of half and half to your limoncello shot for a creamy, lemony treat!

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    Alex in NZ
    Alex in NZ

    3 years ago

    This looks really simple and I'm sure it tastes great. Thank you for sharing :-)


    Tip 3 years ago

    a handle of vodka (1.75L)
    3 cups sugar
    Zest from 6 lemons - no piths...

    Remove 4 cups of vodka from jug, add zest and sugar to bottle. cover and shake. Top off with vodka. Put under sink for 3 months. Shake very well and put into the freezer for a day before serving.