Homemade Limoncello - Fancy a Drink

Homemade Limoncello

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Lemons                           20
Vodka                              2 – 750ml bottles
Granulated sugar          3 cups
Water                               9 cups
Lemon juice                    1/2 cup

  1. Wash and peel the 22 lemons and place the peels in a large 1 gallon jar
  2. Pour one bottle of vodka into the jar
  3. Use a wooden spoon to press the lemon peels down to the bottom
  4. Close jar tightly and put in a cool dark place for 28 days
  5. On day 28, combine the sugar and 7 1/2 cups of water to make simple syrup
  6. Let this syrup cool completely and once cooled, add it to the jar
  7. Add the second bottle of vodka to the jar and again close, seal and place jar in a cool dry place
  8. Over the next 25 days, the limoncello really starts to take on its yellow color
  9. on Day 53, we tasted the homemade limoncello and decided that it needed a bit more lemon
  10. If desired, add in 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  11. Close jar and steep for two more weeks
  12. At the end of those two weeks, open the jar, add in 1 1/2 cups of water, and stir
  13. Pour the entire jar of liquid and lemon peels through a strainer into a large bowl (This will separate the liquid from the peels)
  14. Pour the Limoncello through cheesecloth or coffee filters (the thinnest you can find) to remove any sediment
  15. Pour the limoncello one more time through cheesecloth on its way into the bottle
  16. Seal the bottle with a cork and put it in the freezer to chill

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