When life hands you lemons, especially during a Pandemic, you make Limoncello. My college-aged student has loved to learn cooking skills and about nutrition the last few years. I mentioned I made limoncello for my clients a few years ago as a gift. He was ready to count down 30-45 days of lemon peels infusing Ohio-made vodka. This would be the perfect gift to give friends once we are out of quarantine. Patience and easy instructions are the recipe for a homemade gift now and for special events.
One 750 ml bottle of quality vodka (we used Buckeye)
10 lemon peels
Large jar for infusing
2-1/4 cups simple syrup (see recipe below method)
Peel lemons and add to a jar with the vodka. Place in a cool dark place for 30-45 days. Using a sieve, separate peels from vodka. Add simple syrup. Place in decorative bottles for gifts.
*Equal parts water to sugar
1-1/2 cups water
1-1/2 cups sugar
Place in a pan and heat, slowing until sugar is dissolved. Cool and add to infused vodka.