Originally Posted by kalkiwendy
Will you vodka makers give us the how-to?
I actually got this last year from someone here at MDC.I just can't remember who.
But anyway...here it is...
Start w/ 1/2 gallon vodka and at least 30 large lemons. Ideally the lemons should be organic since they are not treated with wax but regular lemons work too just scrub them very well!
Peel the lemons w/ a vegetable peeler and make sure to remove ALL the white pith. You might need to do that w/ sharp paring knife. Don't skip this part because if you do the limoncello will be very bitter.
Divide the peels between mason jars and cover w/ vodka. You can not have too many peels so err on the side of more vs less.
Store in a cool dark place for at least 6 weeks and up to 12.
After time is up drain vodka thru a fine mesh sieve and discard lemon peels. The vodka should be a gorgeous yellow color!
Make simple syrup (boil 1 part water w/ 2 parts sugar until sugar is fully dissolved.)
The amount of simple syrup is based on personal preference. I prefer my limoncello not too sweet. I use 1 part simple syrup to 4 parts vodka. However traditional limoncello is pretty sweet so if you want that use 2 parts simple syrup to 2 parts vodka.
Again, pour into pretty bottles top w/ wax and tie w/ a ribbon. Clear glass is best to show the color and green wax makes a really nice contrast.
oh- you will have lots of lemons left over. I squeeze the juice and freeze in ice cube trays. Once frozen I pop out and store in zip lock bags. Good for adding to recipes when you just need a little. Or drop a cube in hot water and honey whee you have a sore throat.