Limoncello in bottle with lemon and glasses in background

Limoncello

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(14 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

Nutrition:

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Ingredients

  • 5 unwaxed lemons
    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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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!!
sallymount
12th Mar, 2011
Jamjar.com do some lovely bottles in different sizes and shapes -it makes a super gift with a homemade label!!
jane_saunders04
5th Jan, 2011
Made it and love it - now on the look out for good cocktail recipes to use it in
clarice
28th Dec, 2010
5.05
Really easy to make, good lemon flavour. Re the comment on sweetness, this should be served very cold so you need extra sweetness as temperature affects it. You can keep in the freezer and serve it directly from there
l-stonehouse
15th Dec, 2010
I have just added the dissolved sugar and it has gone a bit cloudy is this normal?
clarice
11th Dec, 2010
5.05
Hi Nic, drinks like this last for ages so don't worry about it going off. It may deteriorate in flavour after a few years but still be drinkable. I'm going to make a batch tomorrow for gifts.
nicademeus
11th Dec, 2010
does anyone know how long this last for once made? i want to make it as an xmas gift but not sure when to start.. thanks

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