{guest post} limoncello - a recipe.

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Hello, T Spoon of Sunshine readers! This is Stephanie from Concerning: Pancakes. I'm honored to be guest posting for Tanya while she is off having fun in Japan. I thought I would share a really simple recipe for making limoncello at home.

  • 8-10 lemons depending on their size (the more zest the better!)
  • 1 750ml bottle of vodka (I used Smirnoff, but you can really use any decent vodka for the recipe.)
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 large jar with a lid

First zest all your lemons. (I used the juice of my lemons for a batch of lemonade.) Put all the zest in your jar and pour the entire bottle of vodka in over it. Put the lid on and shake it up a little.

Now, you wait. You'll want to keep the jar in a cool dark place, like a up in a cupboard. Everyday give the jar a little shake. After about a week it's time for the next step.

Mix the sugar and the water in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cook until the sugar is all melted and you have a nice syrup. Allow the syrup to cool completely.

Strain your lemony vodka through a fine mesh strainer fitted with a coffee filter to remove all the zest. Rinse your jar and pour the strained vodka back into it. Pour in the simple syrup, put the lid on and give it a shake. Put the jar into the freezer and allow the flavors to mellow for about a week or 2. Some recipes say to wait 8 weeks, but I found that my batch was delicious after about 9 days. Store in the freezer (the mixture won't freeze because of the high alcohol content.)

To serve: pour into a shot glass and throw it back! Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe. I was surprised at how simple it was when I made it and now I plan to keep it on hand all the time. There's nothing like an icy shot of limoncello as an after dinner treat.

Thanks so much, Tanya, for having me here!

{You're absolutely welcome, Stephanie! Thanks so much for posting! This recipe looks DIVINE. I cannot wait to try it myself! xoxo!}

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  1. I have fond memories (if not somewhat hazy memories) of drinking limoncello on the hottest night in Venice a couple of years ago, so I am most definitely keen to try this recipe! It's such a tasty drink!


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