Patience {Recipe: Homemade Limoncello Cocktail}

Limoncello Cocktail

My husband can be a very patient man. For example, it has been mentioned around here a few times that I have a bit of an instant gratification issue. When I set my mind on something, I pretty much want it then. My husband, on the other hand, can window shop, online shop, research and study things and never actually pull the trigger on buying it. He seems to get as much satisfaction out of browsing as I do actually buying.

Knowing this, it may come to no surprise that I’ve been ignoring the magazine tear outs and online printouts of Limoncello recipes my husband has been leaving around the house. A cocktail recipe that takes weeks before you can even taste it? No thank you. If I want a cocktail, I want it when I want it… I don’t want to have to wait.

My husband finally gave up on waiting for me to make Limoncello. While I was gone at the EVO Conference (which was absolutely amazing, by the way) he decided to take matters into his own hands. I came home from the conference to find 2 large bottles of lemon peels marrying their flavors with vodka in our pantry. A few days later, I noticed the same bottles chilling in our fridge. Finally, one afternoon, my husband presented me with a small glass of lemon scented goodness… his limoncello… his baby project for a couple of weeks, was finally ready for our tasting.

At first sip, I knew my husband was onto something… this waiting thing that he seems to be so fond of? It isn’t all that bad. If it means a flavor like this – so intense and absolutely perfect – then waiting for perfection is something I can get used to.

Dark Limoncello

Recipe: Limoncello Cocktail {From Giada De Laurentiis Everyday Italian}

  • 10 lemons
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle vodka
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  1. Using a vegetable peeler remove the peel from the lemons in long strips (reserve the lemons for another use). Using a small sharp knife, trim away the white pith from the lemon peels; discard the pith.
  2. Place the lemon peels in a 2-quart pitcher. Pour the vodka over the peels and cover with plastic wrap. Steep the lemon peels in the vodka for 4 days at room temperature.
  3. Stir the water and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Cool completely. Pour the simple syrup over the vodka mixture. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight.
  4. Strain the limoncello through a mesh strainer. Discard the peels. Transfer the limoncello to bottles. Seal the bottles and refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours and up to 1 month.

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  1. says

    Easy Peasy Limoncello from Giada – love it – I’m having to wait 3 months for my Lemon Confit from Eric Ripert… but it’s worth it – patience is a virtue

  2. janet says

    i am a little confused, you mentioned it takes weeks but the recipe as written would take five days. does it really only take five days or is there a step missing

    • says

      Hi Janet –
      Sorry for the confusion! Good point. Some of the recipes he had printed out and tore out of magazines did have weeks to “marinate” the flavors together. This Giada recipe is the one he ended up going with – which had a shorter time.

  3. says

    I’m more like your hubby I guess! I can wait and wait and wait and sometimes never get something….but when I am ready for something, I do get it (Its just not that often!) This looks awesome and now I want to make it. Loving the photos.

  4. says

    Hi! I’ve been “lurking” around your blog for quite some time now and am thoroughly combing through all your recipes now. I have to say, I love your photography! I don’t even drink but you’ve made this cocktail look so divine, I’m sitting here trying to think of excuses to make it! :)

  5. says

    I’m not more sure if I’m jealous that you have homemade limoncello or that your husband made the homemade limoncello. Either way, I totally need to get on this recipe.

    And gorgeous pics, Kristen!

  6. says

    Kristen, your husband was right. Although I also like instant gratification there are some things in life that can’t be rushed. This is one of them. Every sip of Limoncello is like a reminder of all the great joys in the world.


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