Saturday, November 3, 2012

DaVinci Storyteller Experience: Homemade Limoncello

One of my favorite after-dinner digestives and very popular in Toscana!

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When life hands you lemons, make Limoncello!  Salute!

10 lemons
1 (750-ml) 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.


  1. How easy that is and you don't even have to travel to Italy to get it :) Although it would be a nice trip.
    I was reading your Feb. post for Utica Chicken Riggies. I'm in Utica although vegetarian, appreciate that down home Riggie sauce. No one does it quite like a Utica-Italian :)

    1. Ho did I miss this wonderful comment from you?? Thanks so much for stopping by and your feedback! You are so right- I just love Regional Italian American food from Utica!!

      Cheers! -Cath