In my “Things I’m Loving Now” section, I mentioned Limoncello.  This is a traditional Italian apertif that is gaining wide popularity.  While you can readily purchase it, to make it home-made is much more satisfying and absolutely simple.  While there are dozens of recipes out there, they all have the same basic ingredients and steps involved.  I found this one on a site dedicated to Limoncello called Limoncelloquest!  This is the basic recipe, if you want the lengthier version, which really just is commentary on things such as how to zest, recommendations on the types of lemons and more detailing in the actual procedure.  If you feel confident enough, just follow this recipe.

Standard Limoncello Recipe


2 750ml bottles vodka

The zest of 17 lemons

3.5 cups of white sugar

5 cups of water


Zest the lemons, put them in a glass one-gallon jar with the vodka and let it sit for 45 days. Then filter the mixture 4 times using #4 coffee filters. Mix the sugar and water in a pot and bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Let the mixture sit until completely cool and then mix with the alcohol and lemon infusion. Let that mixture sit for 45 days. Bottle the liquid and put it in the freezer.