Limoncello is an Italian cordial that is oh, so good! It’s a refreshing summer drink!
- 15 organic lemons, well scrubbed
- 2 (750 ml) bottles 100-proof vodka
- 4 cups sugar
- 5 cups water
Wash the lemons well and pat dry. Carefully zest the lemons with a zester or vegetable peeler so there is no white pith on the peel.
In a large glass jar (1-gallon jar), add the vodka and the lemon zest. Cover the jar and let sit at room temperature for at least 10 days and up to 40 days in a cool dark place. The longer it rests, the better the taste will be. (There is no need to stir – all you have to do is wait.) As the limoncello sits, the vodka slowly take on the flavor and rich yellow color of the lemon zest.
In a large saucepan, combine the sugar and water; cook until thick and syrupy, approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Cool the syrup and then stir into the limoncello mixture. Allow to rest for another 10 to 40 days.
After the rest period, strain and bottle: discarding the lemon zest. Keep in the freezer until ready to serve.