Limoncello is an Italian lemon-flavoured liqueur made from 100 proof vodka, so it’s quite lethal. This was so successful I’m thinking of trying a few different combinations – maybe a lime version, an orange-lime, a lemon-lime version…

Makes 1.3L

750ml (3 Cups) 100 proof vodka (I used Stolichnaya)
225g (1 Cup) Sugar
435ml (1 3/4 Cups) Water
6 lemons

Large glass jar – about 1.5 – 2L capacity

  1. Place the lemons in a saucepan and cover with boiling water. Set aside for 1 hour to soak. Drain. Pat dry. Finely grate the lemon. Combine lemon rind and vodka in a large glass jar – make sure you sterilise first by pouring boiling water into it.
  2. Meanwhile, place the sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium and bring to the boil. Cook, without stirring, for 3 minutes or until the syrup thickens. Set aside to cool.
  3. Add syrup to the vodka mixture. Seal and store in a cool, dark place, shaking occasionally, for 1 month to develop the flavours.
  4. Strain the vodka mixture through a fine sieve. Discard the rind. Pour into a clean sterilised airtight bottle.

Serve well chilled.

Source: Good Taste – December 2006

Recipe by Louise Pickford