Saturday, August 9, 2014

How to Make Limoncello

Years ago, I purchased a dwarf Meyer lemon tree at Costco on a whim--I didn't even have access to a backyard, but the tree was calling my name on the way to checkout. After three moves and five years of time together, it produced its first lemon crop this past February: Fifty-three lemons! With our wedding coming up and a love of all things Meyer lemon, a limoncello cocktail with homemade Meyer lemon limoncello was in order.

At first, limoncello might seem like a daunting project, but in reality it's quite simple and economical, especially if you plan on drinking gobs of limoncello.

At the most basic level, you soak lemon skins in a high proof alcohol--I decided on everclear but other have found success with vodka--and add simple syrup to taste.