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Meyer Limoncello

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This fragrant Italian lemon liqueur is perfect in a Prosecco cocktail, in sparkling lemonade, or sipped straight. It is simple to make at home, and makes a wonderful gift.
by: Voodoo Lily
Updated May 11, 2017
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  • 12 Meyer lemons (or other variety of lemon)
  • 750 ml Grain alcohol (such as Everclear™)
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups sugar


  • 1
    Trim the stem end off each Meyer lemon, then cut each lemon into quarters. Alternately: if using regular lemons, remove the zest from the lemon rind, taking care to avoid the white pith.
  • 2
    Stuff all the cut Meyer lemon (or zest) into a half gallon jar (or two quart Mason jars) and pour in the grain alcohol. Leave this in a cool, dark place for two week, shaking daily.
  • 3
    After two weeks have passed, heat the water and sugar in a medium-sized saucepan until the sugar is dissolved. Strain the lemons and alcohol into the pot and stir.
  • 4
    Strain the liqueur back into the jar and return to the cool, dark place for another two weeks to mellow, shaking occasionally.
  • 5
    Pour the limoncello into growlers with rubber stoppers. Chill in the freezer before serving.

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  • Liqueurs are making a big comeback! They have a delightfully old-ladyish quality that I love (seriously, you should see my collection of vintage aprons), yet they can be totally sophisticated if made from good ingredients. And though high-quality liqueurs and flavored spirits are usually pretty spendy, they are super easy to make at home. What you need to do first is amass a collection of jars and bottles (Ikea has growlers for really cheap, or you can just use quart Mason jars). Then think about what types of drinks you like best. Are you a flowery or fruity ladylike type? Do you prefer those dapper woody, nutty notes? Bitter, sweet, herbal; you can try your hand at a variety of flavors. One I made recently is Meyer Limoncello. Limoncello is a lemon liqueur, and since citrus are coming up on the end of their season in the US, now is a good time to try snagging a couple pounds of lemons (I use fragrant Meyers but you can use any lemon). Fill a half-gallon jar with as much lemon peel as you can stand to remove (this is around 7 or 8 lemons). It gets old after awhile, I know. This is another reason why I like to use the Meyers—you can quarter them and toss them in whole because they're less bitter. But if you're going with regular lemons, try to just get mostly zest and not the bitter, white pith. Pour your liqueur into pretty growlers or any bottles that can be sealed with rubber stoppers (clear is best so you can see the pretty yellow color). Store these in the freezer—or if you're a saint, they make great gifts. I like to drink mine with sparkling lemonade as an afternoon spritzer or as a cocktail with Prosecco and a few muddled berries. It's also a great thing to just bust out when you have unexpected guests. And hey, I'll let you in on a little secret. This recipe can be used for lots of other liqueurs. I make a killer lavendercello that is a hit at summer parties, and am gearing up to try my hand at homemade Crème de Violette (or Crème Yvette, combining violets and vanilla). If all that sounds like too much work, I've got just the thing: Apple Brandy. The flavors of apples (or pears) and brandy are a no-brainer together. Fill a jar with the sweetest, most flavorful apples you can find. I have a rickety old apple tree in my neighborhood that has tiny fruits, and it's perfect, but any really fragrant heirloom variety will be gorgeous. Fill a jar with the cut apples (cored and stemmed, obvy) and pour on enough good brandy to cover them. Leave this on a shelf for a few weeks, shaking when you remember, and then strain into corkable bottles. I know it's kind of an old-dude thing to sip brandy, but who cares? Old dudes are kind of awesome! And your friends will be impressed to have a little glass of your own homemade apple brandy while you pass around a tray of sharp cheese gougères, and everyone will think you are so cosmopolitan and sophisticated. And you are.
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