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Sip & Stir: Homemade Limoncello Cocktail

Sip & Stir: Homemade Limoncello Cocktail

Limoncello is very popular to Italy. But here’s a light and refreshing homemade recipe that your guests will enjoy.  You can prepare a large quantity ahead of time and chill in the fridge.  Of course, you can purchase an already made version of limoncello, however, the homemade version has less sugar, which makes it perfect for the fitstanistas!



  • 10 ripe lemons, plus 1 for decorating finished bottles
  • 1 750mL bottle of vodka (unflavoured)
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups boiling water

Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from the lemons in long strips (reserve the lemons for another use). Using a small sharp knife, trim away the white pith from the lemon peels; discard the pith. Place the lemon peels in a 2-quart pitcher. Pour the vodka over the peels and cover with  plastic wrap.  Steep the lemon peels in the vodka for 4 days at room temperature.

Stir the water and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Cool completely. Pour the sugar syrup over the vodka mixture. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight. Strain the limoncello through a mesh strainer. Discard the peels. Transfer the limoncello to bottles. Seal the bottles and refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours and up to 1 month.

limeoncello spritzer

(recipe courtesy of  Giada De Laurentiis of Food Network)

For those who do not drink- Try replacing thawed lemon concentrate for vodka.  Prepare in a separate, easy to identify pitcher and your non-indulgent guests will love you for it!

Serve with spritzer, champagne, or shaken as a martini.

limencello pic

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