Looking for a fun and easy cordial recipe? Try home made limoncello! Go to your local import store and grab some bottles and caps and you will have an awesome aperitif!
Here’s what you will need:
- 10 medium or large organic lemons (Organic ensures there are no pesticides or chemicals on the rinds)
- 1 liter Everclear Grain alcohol* (151 proof)
- 5 cups water
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 5 1/2 cups granulated sugar
Let’s make it!
Using a peeler, remove the rinds from the lemons, leaving all or as much of the pith (the white part) on the lemon as possible to avoid bitterness.
Place the lemon peels in a covered glass container in the Everclear and let sit for 7 days!
On the 8th day, strain the lemon peels from the Everclear and discard the peels. Keep the booze!
To make the simple syrup (sugar, lemon juice and water), add the water, lemon juice and sugar to a medium saucepan on medium-high heat. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Let cool to room temp and add to the Everclear.
Once cooled, place in freezer for 2 days and serve chilled! The high alcohol content will keep the limoncello from freezing! It’s a wonderful after dinner drink or great with dessert!
Pete Ricci is the creator of Great Food & Drinks.