Friday, July 22, 2016
Original recipe by Giada De Laurentiis
Limoncello is an Italian liqueur mainly produced in Southern Italy. It is very expensive to buy, so make it yourself at home. Limoncello is usually enjoyed at the end of a meal.
I have made the 40-day version of limoncello. Even though it is easy and great tasting, this 4-day version is just as good. I have included the foodnetwork.com link above. Click on Giada's limoncello video.
1 (750-mil) bottle vodka
3 1/2 cups water
2 1/2 cups sugar
Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from the lemons in long strips (reserve the lemons for another use). Using a small sharp knife, trim away the white pith from the lemon peels; discard the pith. Place the lemon peels in a 2-quart pitcher. Pour the vodka over the peels and cover with plastic wrap. Steep the lemon peels in the vodka for 4 days at room temperature.
Stir the water and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Cool completely. Pour the sugar syrup over the vodka mixture. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight. Strain the limoncello through a mesh strainer. Discard the peels. Transfer the limoncello to bottles. Seal the bottles and refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours and up to 1 month.
Don't throw away your lemons. Here's a homemade lemonade recipe that is delicious and easy to make!