Thursday, June 23, 2011

Homemade Limoncello {Link Party}

If you've been lucky enough to visit the Italian island of Capri, or any of the towns along the Amalfi Coast, you know about Limoncello. Carts lining pizzzas and streets are filled with dangling bottles of the sweet syrupy lemon liquor. I had my first taste of Limoncello in Sorrento and have had a love for it ever since.
          Sorrento, Italy.   Source: via Nadene on Pinterest
                                da Paolino restaurant on Capri. Source: via Kate on Pinterest

Traditional Limoncello is made from the thick skinned Italian lemons that grow so well along the Western coast.
We get great lemons in California too.

Limoncello is a digestivo, or an after-dinner drink, but can be used in may other fabulous ways...

In small bottles, Limoncello makes a beautiful gift. Source: via Holly Ledingham on Pinterest

It also makes delicious cocktails. I enjoyed a wonderful Limoncello Lemon Drop our last date night out. Source: via Stephanie on Pinterest
Limoncello Cupcakes, anyone?    Source: via Danielle on Pinterest

Also try limoncello drizzled over vanilla gelato or pound cake for a quick and delicious grown-up dessert.  

I used Giada's recipe. It's a fine recipe, but only calls for a few days of brewing, if that's the right word for it. Good limoncello really needs at least a month for the lemon peel to sit in the alcohol and then another week for the lemon infused vodka to rest with the simple syrup.  Please Please Please use organic lemons since you're using the skin. Do you really want pesticide filled limoncello? 

Homemade Limoncello
Printer friendly recipe
10 lemons
1 (750-ml) bottle vodka
3 1/2 cups water
2 1/2 cups sugar

Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from the lemons in long strips (reserve the lemons for another use). Using a small sharp knife, trim away the white pith lemon peels; discard the pith. Place the lemon peels in a 2-quart pitcher. Pour the vodka over the peels and cover with plastic wrap. Steep the lemon peels in the vodka for 4 days at room temperature. from the
Stir the water and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Cool completely. Pour the sugar syrup over the vodka mixture. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight. Strain the limoncello through a mesh strainer. Discard the peels. Transfer the limoncello to bottles. Seal the bottles and refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours and up to 1 month. 

I found this book while perusing the Nordstrom website the other day. Would love this on my coffee table.

Cheers! Let's see what you have to share this weekend! 

Want even more fabulous inspiration? Check out Amanda's weekend link party.
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  1. Yum, I don't even drink but this looks and sounds delightful! Love all the beautiful photos! And I would just die to be able to go to Capri!!!!

  2. Thank you for the Lemoncello recipe, the store-bought stuff is so expensive. I linked up to a recipe I featured a few weeks ago, using Lemoncello, and I hope everyone will make your Lemoncello for the recipe! I love your blog, and am a new follower from Sassy Sites

  3. Sorrento was one of the first places in Europe David & I visited when we were dating. I absolutely loved the fresh and simple food there!

  4. I love Limoncello, I had no idea it was made with vodka, no wonder it blows my mind!

  5. I have never made homemade Limoncello.....but, I do think now is the time!! YUM. Great post. I hope you have an incredible weekend!

  6. What a wonderful post and blog. I am so blown away by your pictures. Just fantastic. I love this recipe. My son made some of this not long ago. I have a bottle right now in my freezer waiting!!!!!

  7. Capri looks gorgeous! Love the pretty cupcakes and your images are always so stunning! Happy weekend, Marina!

  8. We make homemade limoncello at the restaurant. We've even made blood orange 'cello. It's so smooth, but boy does it catch ya in the end!

    I haven't been to Capri yet, but I'm gonna get there soon. You should watch the film, "It Started in Naples" with Sophia Loren and Clark Gable. It's shot on the island of Capri. I've wanted to see the Blue Grotto ever since seeing the movie.

    Anyhow, I'm working on my post now... :)

    Gillian from Baby Talk without the Babble

  9. Oh. This is divine. My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Italy and loved every single second. Including the lemoncello. Wonderful thing to share. I'll cone link up somthing in just a bit:)

    Xoxo Hanna

  10. Can't wait to check out your roundup. I don't usually stock vodka (we're not big drinkers) but I have seen so many recipes for wonderful sounding drinks lately, I think I'm going to have to get me some!

  11. That drink looks so refreshing! I would love to visit California. The pictures are awesome. I must try those cupcake. Mmmmm...lemon is my ultimate fav...

  12. love love love limoncello!!!! I am so excited to try your recipe! beautiful photos too!

  13. I had the opportunity of staying in Naples for three years. I loved all three of the islands that surrounded Naples (Capri, Procida, and Ischia). The lemons in Sorrento are huge and some of them reminded me of a small watermelon. I had the opportunity of making limoncello and taking Italian cooking classes. We made the limoncello from a 96% proof alcohol and boy was it potent but great. The Italians definitely believe in the limoncello directly after dinner. I would love to visit again and just love the culture and love what you do and share. I am now back in the US and I have some limoncello sitting as I type at room temperature to give to my Dad for his birthday in July because when he came to visit he just LOVED IT! They always served it very very cold.

  14. That is Genius having a cafe theme underneath real lemon trees!

  15. Haha, I added my humble little link :) But I'm so glad you posted this - my husband LOVES limoncello & I didn't realize you can make your own. Fabulous!

  16. I have never had Limoncello but I can't wait to try it.It sounds wonderful! Thanks for a great post!!

  17. This time of year I always find myself craving lemony things - both in flavor and color - so this post is perfect to me! Gorgeous collection of pictures :)

  18. Anonymous6:20 PM

    I made this and it was good.


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