When life gives you lemons, make… limoncello! Limoncello is a lemon liqueur, mainly made in southern Italy. Delicious served chilled on its own, or included in cocktails. I tried chilling mine in the freezer, but due to only using standard strength 37.5% vodka, it turned into a slush, which was a pleasant surprise! The final strength using the following recipe will be below 18%, so using a stronger spirit may stop it from freezing. The flavour reminds me of Sherbet Lemon sweets.
It’s so easy to make, and will be perfect to sip in the summer sunshine.
Recipe (Makes around 450ml)
Peel of 2 unwaxed lemons
The recipe is easy to scale up if you want to make a bigger batch. You can change the amounts of each ingredient to suit your taste, if you have a stronger vodka, or have a sweet tooth. It’s so simple, you can’t really go wrong!
Add the vodka to a clean jar – make sure you have a lid that fits securely! Peel the lemon, making sure you leave as little white pith as possible, and add the skin to the vodka. Leave for around a week, giving the jar a shake each day.
Add the water and sugar to a pan, and heat and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Leave to cool.
Combine the lemon vodka and the sugar syrup in a bottle. You can strain the vodka if you have any small pieces of skin you want to remove.
Chill, and enjoy!