Sep 24, 2013

DIY Limoncello Wedding Favors

Ice cold limoncello - if you've never sipped this divine Italian after-dinner drink, make sure you do before week's end. Traditionally, this lovely lemon liqueur was made from the zest of Femminello St. Teresa lemons, prized for their exquisite flavor, abundant rind oil, low seed count and exceptionally high juice content. To get that variety we would have to make our way to the Sorrento Coast of Italy, where the hot Mediterranean sun casts it's warm glow over lemons and every living thing. But for now, we'll have to "make do" with lemons grown in Florida and Southern California. This homemade limoncello is made with pure vodka - so a sip is better than a swallow.

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Easy Homemade Limoncello
10 lemons
1 liter of vodka
3 cups of white sugar
4 cups of water
  • Zest the lemons (the most time-consuming part - but the zest quickly adds up).  Place the zest into a large glass jar.  Add the vodka and cover loosely.  Leave at room temperature.
  • About one week later, combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil - without stirring.  Boil the sugar and water for 15 minutes. Allow syrup to cool.
  • Stir vodka mixture into the cooled syrup.  Strain into small glass bottles, seal and let them age for about 2 weeks. 
DIY limoncello favors
jars of homemade limoncello
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Marie Bennett said...

Do you know where I can purchase these bottles?

Beautiful Bridal said...


My favorite place for small glass bottles is Beau Coup Wedding Favors and Save On Crafts ( I hope you find what you're looking for. Thanks for stopping by!

Fiammata14 said...

Roughly how many bottles does this recipe yield?

Beautiful Bridal said...

The combination of water and vodka in this recipe is approximately 66 ounces. The amount of sugar would also add some volume. If you purchase two ounce bottles, I believe this recipe would produce approximately 35 to 45 limoncello wedding favors.

rosaclare said...

How long would this keep for please? X

Beautiful Bridal said...

We recommend refrigerating your homemade limoncello and using it within 6 months.