Limoncello is traditionally made with Sorrento lemons but any good quality, unwaxed, lemons will do the job. Dilute with sparkling water to make a gorgeous, long drink, adding the juice of one fresh lemon per four drinks for extra punch.
- 5 unwaxed ripe lemons
- 1l bottle of your favorite unflavored vodka
- 750g caster sugar
- 700ml boiling water
- Pare the zest from all the lemons, do not to include any white pith. Put the zest in a large clean jar and pour over the vodka. Cover with a tightly fitting lid and leave for a week, shaking the jar each day.
- Put the sugar in a heatproof bowl and pour over the boiling water, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add the vodka and peels and leave for a further week, shaking the jar regularly.
- Strain into bottles, add strips of lemon zest to each bottle.
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