I kind of can’t believe I haven’t shared this tutorial with you yet, since it’s one of my go-to handmade holiday gifts. It’s especially useful if you’re one of those lucky ones with a lemon tree *sigh*.
Limoncello isn’t exactly something I usually have around the house, so here’s the quick and dirty.
Originally the digestif of choice for old Italian men, limoncello is a lemon liqueur is traditionally served chilled after a meal to promote digestion of food. It consists of lemon peels, vodka, and sugar.
But since I’m not usually a fan of adding traditional sugar to my beverages, I put a twist on the age old recipe and added honey instead. With a little patience, this simple recipe can be a huge hit as a gift this holiday season.
- 5 organic lemons
- 1 bottle vodka
- 1 cup raw, organic honey
- Large mason jar
- Bottle for gifting/serving (I like these)
Wash and peel your lemons using a vegetable peeler. Remove the outer skin only, incorporating as little pith as possible. Place the peels at the bottom of a large mason jar and cover entirely with vodka. Seal tightly and let infuse for 2-3 weeks. The longer you infuse, the stronger the lemon flavor.
Once infused, strain the lemon peels from the vodka.
Take your gifting bottle(s) and pour lemon vodka mixture in, about 3/4ths of the way. Then add in your honey leaving an inch at the top. Seal your bottle and shake it up until the honey is fully emulsified.
Chill the limoncello in the fridge or freezer before serving.
*The recipe can include various amounts of vodka and honey, it’s really up to you. The higher the honey in the ratio, the less alcoholic and sweeter the mixture will be. Play with it, love!
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