Limoncello is one of southern Italy's best-known drinks.
It is served both as an aperitif and as an after-dinner drink.
This recipe will make 1 liter plus 1-1/2 cups of limoncello.
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1 liter of 100-proof vodka
Peels of 3-4 lemons
1-1/2 cups water
2 cups granulated sugar
Pour the vodka into a large glass jar.
Add the lemon peels.
Seal and set aside for 3 days.
After 3 days, fill a large saucepan with the water
Add the sugar and bring to a boil; stirring frequently.
Cook uncovered at a low boil for 4-5 minutes.
Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
Add the vodka and lemon peels and set aside for 1 hour.
Discard the lemon peels.
Use a funnel to pour the vodka into bottles and seal tightly.
Place in the freezer for 6-8 hours to chill completely.
Store in the freezer, so that the drink is cold when ready to serve
MIX IT UP!
Limoncello adds sweet tang to bubbly, blended, or on-the-rocks cocktails.
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