Limoncello - Recipe

How to make Limoncello
Here a quick guide on how to make the real Limoncello, the amazing Italian lemon liqueur. We learned this recipe after a trip in the South of Italy, in fact this liqueur is mainly produced around the Amalfi Coast and the Sorrento Peninsula. In this warm and sunny area, these fruits grow with an attractive yellow skin, very fragrant and with a particularly juicy and acidic flesh. You can buy them in each corner or market of the Neapolitan region.
"Nonna Maria", Emanuele's Grandma, helped us with the research of all the ingredients and taught us the simple secrets to follow to give you the best fragrancy as possible.
Limoncello is a masterpiece for Italians after dinner, a shot in good company around a family table or with friends help to digest as well to give a twist to your conversation. The most important thing to obtain the best homemade Limoncello is using raw lemons, the peel must be untreated so make sure to buy these in organic markets to have the most flavored zest.

    Ingredients
  • 10 Organic Lemons
  • 1 liter of Pure Grain Alcohol (or 1 liter of vodka)
  • 800g of White Sugar
  • 1250 ml of Water

Methods
- Divide pulp from lemon peel using a sharp knife, leave the juicy body apart and place the white and yellow skin in the pure grain alcohol. Do not waste pulp but reinvent it for many other recipes using juice, such as a lemon cheesecake or if you are in a rush squeeze it adding sugar and water for a refreshing lemonade, kids will love it.

- Let lemon rind macerate into spirit for 8/10 days in a glass jar and hide it in a dark kitchen cabinet, just stir the moisture once a day trying to resist the temptation of opening your jar.
Be aware that if the container is not hermetically sealed the alcohol could evaporate and the Limoncello will result less strong and tasty. Each passing day you could notice that lemon peel will be lighter, almost white, instead the spirit dye yellow absorbing the natural pigments from the fruit.

- When maceration is completed release the jar and be ready for the second part of our recipe. Get ready for risk, this process could be a little alcoholic and if you sniff too much you could get high because of the evaporation of alcohol. Bring to boil water in a pot and let sugar dissolve, then switch off the fire and pour the lemon peel from the jar in the pot in order to loose all the remaining flavor and color.

- Once water is cold remove the peel, add the flavored spirit and mix, remember be careful not to sneeze too much and bring kids out of the kitchen. You will obtain almost 2 liters and a half of Limoncello, now it is time to bottle up! We know the temptation to try it immediately will be extreme but unfortunately you have to wait 30 days before drinking in order to have the best taste as possible.

If you ever made an homemade flavored spirit don't forget to share with us in comments!
We are always ready to try new recipes!

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26 commenti:

  1. Limoncello sounds amazing! I've never tried making it, but your recipe makes it sound very doable! My mom loves lemon, so I'll have to make it for her sometime!

    RispondiElimina
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    1. Hi Michelle! Thanks for stopping in our page! We highly recommend to try homemade limoncello, we can ensure your mum will love it! It takes a few time for preparation but the result is worth it!

      Elimina
  2. Hahaha...I have a bottle of that in my freezer. A good Italian friend of ours said that is the best place to keep it.

    RispondiElimina
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    1. Freezer is the best place to store it! We still have a bottle over there but our family finished their own ones as soon as we gifted them!

      Elimina
  3. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen3 dicembre 2016 11:59

    I love the holidays and all the fun drinks that everyone makes. This looks good and I can just imagine the lemon flavor.

    RispondiElimina
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    1. This is perfect at the end of a dinner with family or good friends, and the flavor is so intense! We want to try also the version with oranges! Thanks for popping by! Wish you a wonderful end of the weekend

      Elimina
  4. Love this! Never tried making Limoncello on my own. Doesn't look too difficult at all. Would definitely be perfect as gifts for the holiday season- just need to remember to start early :) .

    RispondiElimina
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    1. Of course it is a perfect homemade gift! The recipe is so easy, unfortunately a bit long to make but the result is worth of it! Thanks for commenting, wish you a wonderful end of the weekend!

      Elimina
  5. I have never made my own. I have always wanted to, and now I have no excuse! Cheers!

    RispondiElimina
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    1. Of course, as soon as you make it show us the result! It is really easy and all the family would love it, we can confirm! Wish you a wonderful end of the week! cheers up!

      Elimina
  6. I can't wait to make this! Sounds easy enough for me to make and enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

    RispondiElimina
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    1. You are more then welcome! Hope you can make it soon, we are really curious to see the result! Trust us it is so easy as in the recipe, we couldn't believe too but when we made the result was unbelievable! Wish you a wonderful day!

      Elimina
  7. Love, Love, Love Limoncello! And homemade one especially! This is my type of refreshing, citric, and joyful little schnapps! Great share, Grazie!

    RispondiElimina
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    1. Prego! Love to see how much you like this typical Italian drink! We love it too and we can confirm the homemade version has no comparison with the bought one! You must try it! Thanks for popping by!!!

      Elimina
  8. This is soooo easy! I had no idea how easy it is to make. Also...homemade is the way to go, I'm sure!

    RispondiElimina
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    1. Emanuele is traveling to Naples for a few days, I ordered him fresh lemons :P We finished all our bottles

      Elimina
  9. I've never made any type of homemade spirits but everyone loves limoncello and it's lovely to think you can make it yourself at home!

    RispondiElimina
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    1. Trust me it is super easy to make and all the family will love it! It takes a bit of time to make but the result is worth it! Wish you a wonderful end of the weekend!

      Elimina
  10. This sounds so easy! And I'm in love with everything lemon!

    RispondiElimina
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    1. We agree it is extremely easy and the lemon flavor is wonderful! Thanks for popping by wish you an amazing week!

      Elimina
  11. Yum! Limoncello is so great! Love that you can make it at home!

    RispondiElimina
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    1. Thanks! Homemade is always better, you must try to make it! It's so simply as in the recipe! Wish you a lovely week!

      Elimina
  12. I have to try this! Looks pretty easy! Putting this on my to do list!

    RispondiElimina
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    1. It will be great, trust me! Emanuele is traveling to Naples for a few days, I ordered him fresh lemons to make it again! Have a wonderful day!
      Gloria

      Elimina
  13. I LOVE limoncello! We have an over zealous lemon tree that gives us 200+ lemons every year so I am always looking for new ways to use them up - this is perfect :)

    RispondiElimina
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    1. If you have your own lemon tree the result will be simply amazing! Show us the result if you try! Wish you a wonderful day!
      Gloria & Emanuele

      Elimina

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