HOMEMADE ITALIAN LIMONCELLO…nectar from the Italian God’s!




Limoncello is nectar from the Italian God’s!  Mostly enjoyed as a post dinner aperitif, but also lovely added to cocktails or other lemony recipes.  What is Limoncello you ask? Wikipedia sums it up perfectly!https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limoncello :

“Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur mainly produced in Southern Italy, especially in the region around the Gulf of Naples, the Sorrentine Peninsula and the coast of Amalfi, and islands of Procida, Ischia, and Capri. It is also produced in Abruzzo, Basilicata, Apulia, Sicily, Sardinia, Menton in France, and the Maltese island of Gozo. Although there is debate about the exact origin of the drink, it is at least one hundred years old.”

My husband makes the best version around (in my biased opinion).  We received this recipe from a friends Italian mother.  We all know a recipe passed down by an Italian grandmother or mother is the real deal!  He makes his famous Limoncello every year around Christmas.  It takes a few days to make, but he plans ahead, makes a huge batch and passes them out as Christmas gifts.  The best thing about it is that he makes us a nice big fresh bottle of our own!  Limoncello is best served chilled so we place ours in the freezer and we are good to go! Limoncello and Christmas go hand in hand in our home!!!!

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  1. Bottle of Everclear
  2. 4 lemons
  3. 2 cups sugar
  4. 4 cups water
  5. Big glass jar
  6. 2 large wine bottles
  1. Place the Everclear in the big glass jar.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler remove the rind from all 4 lemons. Add lemon rind to Everclear.
  3. Place jar on counter at room temperature for 48 hours. Stir mixture every couple of hours. Slowly the mixture will turn a gorgeous bright yellow color. The lemon rind will eventually in the end crystalize.
  4. After 48 hours is up, add 4 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar to a heavy bottomed sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Once sugar has completely dissolved remove pan from heat. Let mixture completely cool.
  5. Once sugar mixture has cooled add to the Everclear mixture. Stir well.
  6. At this point you can pour through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove any excess pieces of rind. Once all rind removed you can funnel into 2 large bottles with tops.
  7. Best served chilled so you can store bottles in freezer.
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