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Limoncello 🍋 Recipe

When life gives you lemons …. Grab some vodka and make Limoncello!

I love giving gifts of food I have made to friends and family at Christmas time and each year promise myself that I will make some Sloe Gin, but of course Sloe Gin needs to steep for about 12 weeks which means by the time the sloes are ripe there is insufficient time to prepare for Christmas.   Sloe Gin is the long game but Limoncello on the other hand is quick and easy and takes only a couple of weeks until it is drinkable. The recipe below has worked perfectly and mine is ready to bottle and give as gifts over the coming weeks.

6 Unwaxed Lemons (avoid waxed lemons as you want the natural flavour of lemon)

1Litre Vodka (Supermarket own brand will do)

750g Caster Sugar

750ml Water
Zest the 6 lemons, avoiding the pith as this will make your Limoncello  bitter
Place the zest in the bottom of a 2 litre jar that you can seal tightly ( I used the Kilner jar from their Sloe Gin making set)
You may like to use the juice from the lemons to make a sorbet, a great dessert standby to keep in the freezer (for up to one month – recipe to follow)
Add the vodka and leave to steep for one week. Turn the jar each day.

At the end of one week, make a simple syrup by dissolving the sugar and water in a pan. Bring to boiling point but do not allow the syrup to turn a caramel colour as this will spoil the look of your Limoncello.

When cool, add to your lemon vodka mix and leave for another week. Again turning each day.

When you are ready to bottle, strain through a fine sieve or muslin and pour into your bottles. Label and gift to those deserving friends on Santa’s Nice not Naughty list.

Add instructions to the labels as follows

Keep refrigerated 

This sweet lemony syrup is delicious over ice, in iced tea, in cocktails or drizzled over ice cream or sorbet!

You can also add a recipe for a Limoncello Prosecco Cocktail


6 sprigs Mint, fresh

1 measure Raspberries, frozen

1 measure Limoncello liqueur

3 measures Prosecco


Serve chilled in a glass



Gorgeous Gifting …. Drinks baskets

Ever stuck for an original idea for a wedding gift or moving in gift or just something nice to take to a friend when visiting? Well after sampling a few gin cocktails at Maltby Street Market‘s Little Bird Gin stall I fell in love with the handled jam jar’s used for their gin based Bloody Mary so as soon as I got home I searched t’internet to purchase my very own …. you can find them here on Amazon at £9.99 for 4.  I have a stash of them now  but have gifted to friends for birthdays/moving in etc along with a bottle of booze to suitably theme my gift



For a Bloody Mary Box I add a bottle of Vodka, Big Tom tomato juice, celery salt, tabasco, lemon and a big bunch of celery …. try to buy this from a greengrocer or market as the supermarket ones tend to have been trimmed and so don’t look as pretty …. and finish off with a recipe written on tracing paper and a packet of retro looking paper straws.  This one was presented in a fruit crate (picked up from our lovely local greengrocer) and finish with some raffia


The Pimms Box includes a bottle of Pimms (obvs!), lemonade (I prefer the beautifully packaged artisan lemonades but on this occasion I had to make do with Schweppes), lemons, strawberries, cucumber, apples and paper straws.  I used an old Fortnum & Mason Hamper for this one finished again with raffia.

Other drinks baskets I have done are the new Blackberry Pimms, presented with all of the above but replacing the strawberries with blackberries …. you can even pick these yourself if its the right time of year.  You can adapt the gift basket to suit your favourite cocktail but remember these are quite large glasses so suit long cocktails and coolers …… you can even make a non-alcoholic version with elderflower cordial and sparkling water … or forget the vodka and give a Virgin Mary basket … the options are endless


Have a great weekend!

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