by Natures Garden | Other recipes by this author
Lemonade is among the most refreshing drinks on a hot summer day. However, when the sun sets and you're enjoying the warm night breezes, a lemony beverage with a kick like Limoncello can't be beat. Hardware and specialty cookware stores sell oversized sealable jars large enough to hold the ingredients for aging, which takes about a week.
- Zest of 6 or 7 large Sundance Natural Foods lemons
- 1 liter or quart of pure grain alcohol or vodka, preferably 100 proof
- 5 cups water
- 3 cups sugar
Prep Time: 15min Cook Time: 20min Level: Easy
- Remove the zest from the lemons with a vegetable peeler or zester. Be careful to remove only the yellow part of the lemon as the white pith will make the beverage bitter.
- Cover the glass jar with plastic wrap and store it in a cool place to age for 7 days.
- On the sixth day of aging, prepare the simple syrup. Bring 5 cups of water to a boil and add the sugar. Stir until completely dissolved. Set aside to cool overnight.
- The next day, strain the lemon-alcohol mixture. Discard the peels.
- Combine the simple syrup with the alcohol in the glass jar and stir well. Chill in the refrigerator or freezer. Serve straight up or over ice.
- Limoncello can be stored in a capped jar or bottle in the freezer or refrigerator for up to 2 years.