This traditional Italian liqueur is very simple to make at home. I added a vanilla bean, and it mellowed the sharp sugary lemon flavor the regular drink has. It keeps for months and can be frozen.
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A few months ago, I pretty much started filling up bottles with vodka and throwing ingredients inside; a let's-see-how-this-goes situation.
It found its way into the bottom of a little glass jar filled with lemon peel and vodka, followed by simple syrup.
That's pretty much all it takes to make homemade limoncello. And time. Quite a lot.
Anyway, the forgotten bottle mentioned above, was transformed into a light yellow-hued liquid and the vanilla bean was transferred with the limoncello to the final bottle.
The liquor mellowed to an almost sugary acid candy flavor with a marked vanilla undertone.
Very different from regular limoncello, almost incongruous with what I was expecting, but still sweet than the traditional liqueur.
How to store limoncello
- Transfer the limoncello to a clean glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid, leaving some room at the top.
- Make sure the bottle and lid are clean and completely dry before transferring the limoncello. Any moisture can cause the limoncello to spoil or become cloudy.
- Store in a cool, dark place like a pantry or liquor cabinet. Or in the freezer.
Keep it chilled in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to serve.
Serve it straight in small shot glasses, as is traditional. Some people also drink it on the rocks, or with sparkling water or soda.
- 1 recipe homemade limoncello
- 2 vanilla beans
- Prepare limoncello according to the recipe’s directions, adding the beans with the vodka in the first step.
- After adding the syrup, transfer the vanilla bean to the final jar.
- It will have more vanilla flavor as the weeks go by.
- Store in the freezer or a dry, dark place like a pantry cabinet.
- Serve it cold in shot glasses.
- Omit the vanilla bean and you have regular limoncello liqueur.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Drinks
- Method: Infusing
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: vanilla limoncello