Homemade Limoncello


A quick break from catching up with our travels to share a little fun project I tried this summer- making limoncello! I’m not really a huge drinker but I definitely enjoy trying different things and I certainly had the time, so why not give it a try?! Anyone can make this, anywhere and anytime, but how many can say that they made theirs with lemons from the Amalfi Coast?? 😉

For my first attempt, I followed this website:


“Limoncello is the very popular liqueur made with the peel of citrus fruits from Campania, traditionally prepared with lemons typical of the Amalfi Coast: Sfusato Amalfitano or Ovale di Sorrento. The history of limoncello is steeped in many legends and anecdotes. Its invention is in fact disputed by Sorrento, Amalfi and Capri. The first to register the “Limoncello” trademark in 1988 was the entrepreneur Massimo Canale, and in Capri, many claim that the liqueur is linked to the history of this family; in fact, it seems that this liqueur originated in the early 1900s from a recipe of his grandmother. Initially a homemade preparation, limoncello has gained great popularity since the 80s, and today it is commercially produced on a large scale. So much so that it has become a traditional festive gift… The recipe for limoncello is simple, but it must be followed closely, and in just over a couple of months this fragrant yellow liqueur with a strong flavor can be enjoyed, most often as a digestive drink, but also to flavor desserts or fruit salads.”


Lemons 5 – large, organic
Pure alcohol 2.1 cups (500 ml) – 95 proof
Sugar 3 cups (600 g)
Water 3 ¼ cups (750 ml)

Example: This one is the alcohol an Italian showed me to use in the store. Super cheap!

Step 1: Soak lemon peels in alcohol for 30 days.

Step 2: Boil water and sugar, let cool. Mix together with alcohol & lemon peels. Store and check again in about 30 days. Some leave it for only 4 days or 2 weeks. It depends on your preference I guess.


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Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!

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