Limoncello

Limoncello

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(10 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Ready to drink in 2 weeks

Easy

Makes about 2 litres

Make up a batch of this boozy lemony drink - it's great as a homemade gift or poured over ice cream

Nutrition and extra info

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Ingredients

  • 5 unwaxed lemon
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 1l bottle vodka
    Vodka

    Vodka

    vod-ka

    Originally associated with Russia, Slavonic, Baltic and Scandinavian countries, vodka has become…

  • 750g caster sugar
  • 700ml boiling water

Method

  1. Pare the zest from all the lemons, taking care not to include any white pith. Put the zest in a large clean jar and pour over the vodka. Cover with a tightly fitting lid and leave for a week, shaking the jar each day.

  2. Put the sugar in a heatproof bowl and pour over the boiling water, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add the vodka and peels and leave for a further week, shaking the jar regularly.

  3. Strain into decorative bottles, adding a few strips of lemon zest to each bottle.

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durrells
18th Nov, 2012
Great recipe and with several lemon trees I have no problem with a constant supply of un-waxed lemons. It must be drunk ice cold. I am really struggling to understand why anyone would throw the vodka bottle away and go to a shop and buy empty bottles?
ajc999
19th Aug, 2012
Beautiful and so easy. It made two full bottles of drink so left the second one in the fridge for a few months and it tasted even better !
debluvsfood
16th May, 2012
5.05
Lovely :)
debluvsfood
16th May, 2012
5.05
Lovely :)
kipperslippers
2nd Jan, 2012
5.05
Received as a gift, used it on Ice cream and in hot toddys (1/3 scotch 1/3 ginger wine 1/6 limoncello 1/6 ginger ale) worked a treat, but the limoncellos a little sweet for me to drink neat :-)
gervais
30th Nov, 2011
5.05
Made these for Christmas gifts for colleagues and had a little left over for myself. It absolutely delicious poured over ice cream much better than the commercial stuff and cheaper. Looking at using it in a lot more recipies
gervais
30th Nov, 2011
5.05
Made these for Christmas gifts for colleagues and had a little left over for myself. It absolutely delicious poured over ice cream much better than the commercial stuff and cheaper. Looking at using it in a lot more recpies.
tashwa
17th Nov, 2011
Doh! Just saw the answer...
tashwa
17th Nov, 2011
Does anyone know if I leave the lemon zest in, or do I need to strain it at some point??
littlegreendragon13
13th Oct, 2011
5.05
I made this for Christmas presents last year and everyone loved it! It was so simple to make, I can see myself making this again very soon!!

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