I have made various homemade liqueurs in the past. Homemade limoncello is one of my favorites, and one of the easiest to make. Just purchase decorative bottles and plan ahead since the mixture requires time to steep. When I make this recipe, I usually double or triple the quantity so I have plenty of bottles to give away.
Ingredients (1 Recipe):
1 750-ml. Bottle Vodka
Simple Syrup Mixture:
3 Cups Water
2 Cups Sugar
Remove the peel from the lemons, making sure that you don’t include the white pith from the lemon (which is bitter).
The picture below shows the original peel from the lemons. The white pith (still showing) was removed before steeping.
Place the lemon peels in containers (or a large pitcher) with vodka, and cover to steep for one week at room temperature.
When ready, prepare the simple syrup mixture. In a large pan over medium heat, combine the water and sugar, and stir until the sugar has dissolved, approx. 3 minutes. Cool completely. Pour the sugar mixture into the pitcher with the vodka. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight. Remove the lemon peel from the vodka mixture and transfer the limoncello to individual, sealed bottles.
Place your labels on the bottles (if you desire), and refrigerate. The limoncello is best after being refrigerated for an additional week, and will be good if refrigerated for several months.