So, the #SundaySupper is celebrating the arrival of spring. Obviously, as we are in the Southern hemisphere, this sounds a bit weird… as for us autumn has just begun, but I do love spring… and I also happen to have the perfect recipe for the event!
Finally. I have been wanting to share my recipe for home-made Limoncello since… forever! The problem is, you need untreated lemons (better if home grown) and I could never find any.
Problem number two was the alcohol. You can make this with Vodka (see ingredient list below), but 95% alcohol is what is used in Italy and in my opinion, the Limoncello made with it, tastes better. So, if it is available where you live, please use it.
A little while ago, my neighbours were so kind to gift me a few of their home grown lemons, so the first part of the problem was fixed! I also managed to find some 95% alcohol just before the only shop that sold it here in Australia stopped selling it because some “smart” kids decided to drink it straight from the bottle while partying.
Note that this alcohol is not sold to kids (well, no alcohol is, so much so that you buy alcohol from Liquor Stores and it is not available at the supermarket like in Europe – crazy, I know!). But this specific alcohol was not even kept on the shelves and you had to ask a staff member for it… it was kept in a locker. Yep. See, I am obviously all for protecting kids, but we are not talking about 16 year olds here… we are talking about irresponsible young adults. And I am so not happy that because of their stupidity, people who actually use this alcohol to brew traditional liqueurs cannot do this anymore. Because of them, once the bottle I have is over, I will have to revert to using Vodka. And that sucks. Rant over.
Back to this Limoncello. The recipe itself is very easy, but it requires a lot of time as the alcohol needs 2 resting periods. But the result is well worth the wait. It tastes just like the one you get in Italy and it looks like sunshine in a glass.
For the few who still don’t know it, Limoncello is a lemon (peel) based liqueur that is mainly made in the region around the Gulf of Naples, the Sorrentine Peninsula, the coast of Amalfi, and the islands of Procida, Ischia and Capri. Have it chilled, after a good meal and enjoy! Cheers!
And a big thank you to DB (aka Foodie Stuntman) of Crazy Foodie Stunts and Valerie of Lifestyle Food Artistry for being such great hosts!
Home-made Limoncello #SundaySupper
A tutorial on how to make home-made Limoncello - the traditional Italian way!
- 8 lemons home grown or untreated
- 1 lt – 4 cups alcohol 95% or 151 proof grain alcohol or 1.3 lt – 5 ¼ cups Vodka
- 1 lt – 4 cups water
- 700 gms – 3 ½ cups sugar
Peel the lemons, removing as much of the white part as possible – this would make your Limoncello bitter.
Put the lemon peels in a jar with 700 ml – 3 cups of the alcohol. Close it with a tight lid and keep it in a cool, dark place for a minimum of 10 days to a maximum of 30 days.
When the time has passed, put the sugar in a pot with the water and heat it on the fire just until the sugar has dissolved. Cool down completely.
Add this sugar syrup to the lemon peel and alcohol mixture (which will be yellow by now). Add also the remaining alcohol.
Mix well and close the jar tightly again. Keep it in a cool, dark place for a minimum of 7 days to a maximum of 30 days.
Filter it and bottle it. Keep it in the fridge and serve chilled, after meals.
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Beautiful! And what a treat to sip on or to use it in baking and cooking too.
Michael Bisignani says
Manuela I now know why I love following your blog. You just keep giving us great ideas. This is is very simple to do . Running to the store and buying a small case of lemons ! Cheers
Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm says
Manu, your limoncello looks lovely and I am so sorry that you will no longer be able to get the supplies to create this wonderful treat. I fail to see why the powers to be insist on blaming inanimate objects for people’s stupidity and disregard of their safety and the safety of others.
I made limoncello for gifts one Christmas and my friends were thrilled! Time for another batch—your recipe looks perfect!
I love lemoncello. I had no clue it was so easy to make!
Sue Lau says
Looks great! I have citron infused vodka before and it was very nice, but no sugar in that one. I’d like to try your recipe sometime! It would be great to have as a liqueur, especially for macerating fruit and drizzling on cake.
DB, Foodie Stuntman | Crazy Foodie Stunts says
You know, I’m having trouble sourcing limoncello here so thank you for letting me know I can make it myself.
I have made this before, fun to make and even more so to drink!!
Terri Steffes says
I posted a limoncello recipe last week, too! Soooo good. Yours sounds equally as good.
Years ago we bought a bottle back from Italy. Now I cannot wait to make my own thanks to your recipe.
I love limoncello, never made it before. It has been so long since I had liquor probably just one of these would take me out. 🙂
Valerie Cathell Clark says
What a lovely springtime beverage! I love it mixed in a tropical martini with vodka, raspberry liqueur and sour mix!
What a FUN spring drink!
Coleen @ The Redhead Baker says
A long time ago, I got to taste limoncello at a little restaurant in New Jersey (in the US) that was made in-house with 95% grain alcohol. It was absolutely unlike anything I’ve ever tasted before, and it was delicious!
Oh, and in my state (Pennsylvania), we have to buy liquor and wine in liquor stores, too — and beer at separate beer distributors. THEN I have to get my groceries from the grocery store! Such a pain!
susan // the wimpy vegetarian says
I’ve had this in Italy, but had no idea this was how it was made. Thanks so much for the recipe!!
Wow, autumn must be lovely! Glad you’re celebrating spring with us anyway 🙂 we are just getting ready to use up some lemons, this drink looks perfect!
Great recipe! We visited Italy a few summers ago and my husband couldn’t get enough of their homemade limoncello. I made it myself a while back and used a really good vodka. He liked it, but it probably would have been better with grain alcohol. Thanks for sharing your version!
Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch says
Love this Manu! Such a wonderful recipe!
Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen says
I have been wanting to make my own limoncello because the store bought stuff I found was horrible. I wasn’t sure how to do it, so now (thanks to you) I will be able to 🙂
Diana @DandelionGreensBlog says
I’ve been wanting to try to make limoncello and now I know how! What a great recipe.
Julie @ Texan New Yorker says
Very beautiful! And delicious, I’m sure. 🙂
Ahh, homemade limoncello…I can practically taste it through the screen! Yum!
Cindys Recipes and Writings says
I never had this drink, now I definitely want one!
Krayl @ An Appealing Plan says
I am loving all the lemon recipes!! A friend of mine made this but I have never tried. I am going to have to now!
Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook says
I find making homemade liqueurs to be so much fun – what a perfect spring choice.