Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur mainly produced in Southern Italy.
I’ve been making limoncello at home for about six years now. I’ve been working on a vertical tasting for the past three years, but I’m waiting for five year to actually taste the vertical. Annually, I’ve changed the recipe from using caster sugar, to cane sugar, a mix of vodka and grain alcohol…and I’ve finally established the perfect ratio!
Here I will describe how to make limoncello di casa or homemade limoncello; it is super easy . . . you just need patience.
What you need:
- 10-12 meyer lemons (if you can’t find meyer, use organic)
- 1 handle everclear
- patience (2 weeks to be exact)
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 1/2 cups water
- Peel 10-12 freshly washed, organic lemons. Lemons may be reserved for future use; when life gives you 10-12 lemons…squeeze them and add them to a gin drink!
- Remove the pith (the white part is super bitter).
- Combine lemon zest and Everclear® in a large, glass container.
- Let steep for 3 weeks in a cool, dry place.
- After the lemon-Everclear® mixture is throughly infused, combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan to make a simple syrup, a 1:1 ratio.
- Bring to a boil, stirring regularly until sugar is fully dissolved, approximately 5-10 minutes. Let syrup cool to room temperature.
- Strain the lemon-Everclear® mixture using a strainer and a coffee filter. Repeat the process twice, until the mixture is completely clear. Add the chilled heavy syrup to taste. Chill in freezer. Enjoy.
I like to bottle my limoncello in multiple small bottles, and give it out to friends and family for the holidays. I love adding it to Prosecco as a mock French 75, YUM!
I have the steps pictured below.
My husband and I pouring in the Everclear®.
Cover the container tightly and wait 2 weeks until the lemons have released all of their oils, and are pale in color.
Once the limoncello is done, strain the lemon / grain alcohol mixture over a strainer and two coffee filters.
Add the simple syrup to the mixture and place in a container that will make bottling a breeze! I like one with a spout.
Bottle in glass containers with a tight fitting lid; store in a cool, dry location. I like to keep a bottle in the freezer, it is served best ice cold. I enjoy limoncello with sparking mineral water. Enjoy!