- Zest the lemons, and place zest into a large glass bottle or jar. Pour in vodka. Cover loosely and let infuse for one week at room temperature.
- After one week, combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. DO NOT STIR. Boil for 15 minutes. Allow syrup to cool to room temperature.
- Stir vodka mixture into syrup. Strain into glass bottles, and seal each bottle with a cork. Let mixture age for 2 weeks at room temperature.
- Place bottled liqueur into the freezer. When icy cold, serve in chilled vodka glasses or shot glasses.
Original recipe makes 34 (2 ounce) servings
History of the Limoncello
It's not possible to state precisely who created limoncello cocktail, however it seems to have originated in the southern area of Italy in early 1900s. Certain stories say that it had been developed by the local women, who offered it cooled to respected guests. Some others say that the liqueur came from with the area fishermen, who sipped it in the mornings before heading out to overcome the chill, or even with nearby monks who sipped it between prayers. Despite of who created it, limoncello makes use of the large, sweet lemons grown in Sorrento, Italy as well as the surrounding area.