It wasn’t until after I wrote my post the other day about the lemony ice cream using lemoncello liqueur, that I realised I had never actually written about how to make homemade lemoncello on the blog.
I love lemoncello, to me it is sunshine in a glass. In Italy it is served ice cold as a digestif, after a good meal. It positively bursts with zesty lemon flavour and makes your taste buds tingle.
I always have a bottle of homemade lemoncello in the larder. I use it as a drink on its own, in a martini, poured over ice cream, in the makings of ice cream, in lemon curd and drizzled on sponge cakes. You name it, this stuff is just so useful in innumerable recipes. You will wonder how you ever managed without it. Especially when you realise how very simple it is to make.
You will just need some lemons, and don’t worry if they are not unwaxed, simply give them a good scrub with warm soapy water and rinse thoroughly before removing the rind for use in your homemade lemoncello liqueur.
You will need vodka for this one, don’t go for the Stolly or other super expensive brand, stick to supermarket own brands and keep your costs down.
Sugar and water are your only other ingredients, oh and a nice big jar to make this in. Told you it was an easy one, here is your recipe for Homemade Lemoncello;
- 5 lemons
- 750ml bottle of vodka
- 200g/7oz sugar
- 200ml/7fl oz water
- Pare the rind off the lemons and toss them into a large (1 litre size) kilner jar. You really want unwaxed lemons for this, but don't worry if you can't get them, just give normal lemons a good scrub in hot soapy water and then rinse well and dry before paring off the rind.
- Squeeze out the juice of 4 of the lemons and add this to the rinds in the jar.
- Add the vidka.
- Pour the water into a small pan and add the sugar. Warm slowly to dissolve the sugar and make a simple syrup. Let this cool.
- Add the simple syrup to your jar and seal it.
- Pop in the larder and give it a shake every day for 10 days.
- Pour through a sieve lined with cheesecloth/coffee filter and bottle.