Limoncello is a delicious Italian digestivo (after dinner drink). Though it’s hard to replicate the taste of the Amalfi Coast, it is quite simple to make your own version of this vodka based drink. After tasting a friend’s concoction, we were inspired to make a large batch for family and friends this Christmas. It was quite a hit! There are many ways of making this drink, but here is what we did:
– 10 lemons
– 1 750ml bottle 100-proof vodka
– 1 1/2 cups whole milk
– 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
– 3 cups white sugar
– 1 cup water
Grate or zest the peel of 10 lemons, being careful to only remove the yellow rind (the white part can cause the drink to be bitter).
Add the peel to the vodka. (Yes, that is a handle of cheap Aristocrat vodka! The cheaper the better in this case, as it will more easily absorb the lemon flavor.)
Place the vodka/lemon peel mixture in an air-tight container and store in a dark, cool place for at least a month (the longer the better.)
Swirl the mixture around about once a week. You will notice the vodka taking on a yellowish tint.
After a month (or so) strain and reserve alcohol from the peel; discard the peel.
Gently bring the milk, half-and-half, sugar, and water to a boil in a large saucepan, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool and thicken.
Add vodka mixture to the milk mixture and place in individual air-tight containers. Store in the freezer. Separation is normal; shake to mix.
We stored ours in cute little glass jars from World Market and tied hand-made tags with drinking directions on them with ribbon.
Enjoy (in small amounts); this stuff is really tasty but also quite strong!
If you have never had Limoncello, try some at Fellini’s #9 after enjoying a delightful Italian meal.