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Homemade Limoncello, a lemon flavored liquor, is easy to make at home; though does require a bit of resting time. It also makes a nice hostess gift during the holidays.

 Homemade limoncello, a lemon flavored liquor, is easy to make at home; though does require a bit of resting time. It also makes a nice hostess gift during the holidays.

As I mentioned a few months ago, we visited a farm in Sorrento, Italy this past summer where they made their own mozzarella. Not only did they make their own cheese, but they also made their own Limoncello. In fact, according to my husband, it was the best he’s ever tasted. So we brought home two bottles of it and now…it’s gone.

Homemade LimoncelloSince our trip, I purchased three different kinds of limoncello at our local liquor store and even though they were all made in Sorrento, none of them tasted like the kind we bought from La Sorgente Farm. I even tried to see if they had a website, but apparently we’re not alone. I found out through some comments on Trip Advisor that they don’t publicize their products to keep demand low. I guess shipping some to NJ would be out of the question. So, I did the next best thing…I made some myself!

Homemade limoncello, a lemon flavored liquor, is easy to make at home; though does require a bit of resting time. It also makes a nice hostess gift during the holidays.

I did a little research online and they all called for the same 4 ingredients though some used Everclear instead of vodka. This is REALLY easy to make but you have to be patient because it needs some time to ferment. The end product was a hit and even better when you keep it in the freezer.

Homemade limoncello, a lemon flavored liquor, is easy to make at home; though does require a bit of resting time. It also makes a nice hostess gift during the holidays. Now I can cook with as much Limoncello as I want (YEAH!) because I can just make more! BTW, if you haven’t followed me for a while, I LOVE to cook with Limoncello. Some of my favorite recipes include Linguine with Limoncello Asiago Cream Sauce, No Bake Limoncello Pie, and this one we really like in the warm Summer months.

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Homemade Limoncello would also make a nice, unique gift for that special someone on your list who has everything during the holidays. I saved my bottle from Sorrento; however, you can find decorative cork bottles on Amazon or in your local craft store. If you like to make your own DIY gifts, visit the Holiday Baking and Gifts category, but if DIY cocktails are your thing, check out how to make your own Bailey’s Irish Cream and Kahlua!
Homemade limoncello, a lemon flavored liquor, is easy to make at home; though does require a bit of resting time. It also makes a nice hostess gift during the holidays.

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Homemade limoncello, a lemon flavored liquor, is easy to make at home; though does require a bit of resting time. It also makes a nice hostess gift during the holidays.
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Homemade Limoncello

Homemade limoncello, a lemon flavored liquor, is easy to make at home; though does require a bit of resting time. It also makes a nice hostess gift during the holidays. 

Course: Beverages
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 2 c . Quality Vodka, I used Ketel One
  • 2 Lemons, zest only
  • 1 1/4 c . Water
  • 1 c . Granulated Sugar
Instructions
  1. In a glass bottle or jar that can be sealed air tight, add 1 cup of the vodka and the lemon zest. Seal the bottle/jar and let sit for 7 days. 

  2. On the seventh day, make the simple syrup. In a small saucepan, add the water and sugar. Whisk together until all of the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Once cooled, add the syrup to the vodka and lemon mixture and add the remaining 1 cup of vodka . Seal the bottle/jar once again and let it sit for another 5 days. 

  3. Strain out the lemon zest with a small strainer or cheesecloth. Add the mixture to a decorative bottle.  

Recipe Notes

Allow 12 days from start to finish to make this limoncello. Best when served chilled.

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11 Comments

  1. Bridgett Nicolace-Bird
    December 10, 2011 at 10:44 am - Reply

    i love limoncello! now that i know how easy it is to make, i am definitely going to try! thanks for sharing!

  2. Jenn
    December 10, 2011 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Oooh baby!! Can’t wait to try it!!!

  3. Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
    December 10, 2011 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    You’re welcome Bridgett! @Jenn~I have some waiting for you in the freezer 😉

  4. Loveforfood
    December 11, 2011 at 10:41 am - Reply

    wow! sorrento— is so so beautiful .i wish to go there one day..

  5. Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
    December 11, 2011 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Thanks Love for food! It was beautiful and wished I could spend longer than a few hours there.

  6. Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
    December 11, 2011 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Just linked this recipe up to Everyday Mom’s Meals Church Supper
    http://everydaymomsmeals.blogspot.com/2011/12/church-supper-20.html

  7. Krista
    December 11, 2011 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Oh wow! How lovely. What a great idea for this time of year! The perfect hostess gift. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week, and Merry Christmas!

    Everyday Mom’s Meals

  8. Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
    December 12, 2011 at 1:13 am - Reply

    Thanks Krista, same to you!

  9. Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
    December 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Just linked this up to Foodie Friday over at Baking Bad
    http://bakingbad.com/?p=1003

  10. Anonymous
    October 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Where did you get the bottles?

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      October 16, 2012 at 5:50 pm - Reply

      Those bottles I got at La Sorgente in Sorrento, Italy where I originally purchased the Limoncello

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