Make this when you have a recipe that needs the lemons, like a summer lemonade.

8 LARGE lemons
2 LARGE oranges
1 (750ml) bottle of QUALITY vodka
2 cups water

2 cups sugar

  • With a sharp peeler remove the peel from the lemons and oranges.
  • Trim away any pith from the peels. Save the lemons for lemonade or another recipe.
  • Place the peels into a 2 quart pitcher.
  • Pour the vodka over the peels and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Steep the lemon peels for 4 days at room temperature.
  • In a large saucepan blend the water and sugar about 5 minutes over a medium high heat until sugar is dissolved.
  • Pour cooled sugar syrup over the vodka mixture.
  • Cover and let stand overnight at room temperature.
  • Strain Limoncello through a mesh strainer.
  • Discard the peels.
  • Transfer Limoncello to bottles, sealing bottles and refrigerating 4 hours until chilled.

Thanks for the catch! I updated it. 2 cups – it’s a simple syrup mix, so equal parts water and sugar 😀

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