Last year we made our friends a big batch of homemade Blackberry Brandy, and this year we decided to try another liquor so we made Limoncello. It's super easy and is a bright yellow color. We are not fans of it because neither of us like the taste of hard liquor and let's just say this doesn't taste like lemonade. We think other people will really like it though! I think it is a nice gift. We decanted into little liquor bottles and I will probably make some tags for them in the next few days.
Cooking Light, November 2008
This Italian liqueur is good ice cold on its own, in a lemon drop martini, mixed with sparkling wine, or splashed over a bowl of fresh fruit. Since it takes two weeks to infuse the bracing citrusy flavor into the vodka, start this gift early and decant it into pretty sterilized glass bottles.
4 cups vodka
1/2 cup lemon rind strips (about 7 lemons)
3 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1. Combine vodka and rind in a bowl. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 2 weeks. Strain through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids.
2. Combine 3 cups water and 1 1/2 cups sugar in a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and cool to room temperature. Add to vodka mixture.
3. Divide limoncello evenly among 3 sterilized (750-milliliter) bottles, and seal.
Note: Store in the refrigerator up to 1 year.
Yield: 7 cups