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Homemade Quick and Easy Limoncello Recipe

Homemade Limoncello Is a Bartender's Best Friend

If you think of limoncello as a Lysol-scented, saccharine-sweet liqueur, think again. While many store-bought bottles are suspect, homemade is a whole other story.

Smooth and bright with zesty lemon notes, a bottle of limoncello makes for an excellent edible gift for cocktail lovers, particularly when paired with a bottle of sparkling wine for a limoncello-Champagne cocktail.

Granted, it takes a bit of advance planning, but aside from the wait time necessary for the lemon peels to infuse their essential oils in the liquor, it's a very low-fuss process, and it is easy to make in large batches to be divvied up in multiple gifts. Just whatever you do, tuck away a bottle for yourself as well — your cocktails will thank you . . .

Limoncello

Adapted from Martha Stewart Living

Notes

For gift-worthy presentation, decant the limoncello into a swing-top bottle.

Limoncello

Ingredients

  1. 11 lemons
  2. 1 750-ml bottle of Everclear, or other overproof grain spirit (140+ proof)
  3. 3 cups (21 ounces) granulated sugar
  4. 3 cups boiling water

Directions

  1. Peel wide strips of lemon zest (avoiding as much of the white pith as possible) with a sharp vegetable peeler; reserve lemons for another use. Add the lemon peels to a 1-liter (or larger) airtight container and top off with the Everclear.
  2. Let stand at room temperature in a dark place for at least 3 days and up to 1 week.
  3. After the infusing period is over, stir together the sugar and boiling water until the sugar has dissolved; allow to cool. Combine the lemon peel/Everclear solution with the sugar syrup in an airtight container (two if necessary, space wise) and refrigerate 1 day.
  4. Strain out the lemon peels and bottle. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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