Traditional Italian limoncello is typical of the Amalfi coast, a beautiful area around Naples. It's traditionally made with Sorrento lemons, which are large and flavorful and a really unique Italian product.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
3 weeks
total:
3 weeks
Servings:
32
Yield:
1 quart
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Ingredients

32
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Directions

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  • Zest lemons, making sure to get the outermost part of the skin and avoid the white pith.

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  • Place lemon zest in a glass bowl and cover with alcohol. Cover and let infuse at room temperature until yellowish in color, about 7 days.

  • Bring water and sugar to the boil in a saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove syrup from heat and let cool, about 10 minutes.

  • Pour alcohol into the syrup through a fine-mesh strainer; discard lemon zest. Stir well.

  • Pour limoncello into thick, freezer-safe glass bottles. Store in the freezer for at least 2 weeks before serving.

Cook's Notes:

Ideally you would use Sorrento PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) lemons. If you can't find them, make sure to select large, ripe, flavorful lemons, all the better if unwaxed and organic.

Nutrition Facts

184 calories; protein 0g; carbohydrates 25.3g 8% DV; fat 0g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 1.7mg. Full Nutrition
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10/15/2018
I followed the recipe exactly. I used a gifted vodka that was very inexpensive. I filtered the vodka through my water pitcher filter 8x. The result was a lovely smooth sweet aperitif Read More
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10/14/2018
I followed the recipe exactly. I used a gifted vodka that was very inexpensive. I filtered the vodka through my water pitcher filter 8x. The result was a lovely smooth sweet aperitif Read More
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