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Mario Batali's Limoncello

An Italian Favorite from Our Favorite Italian Chef!
skill level
Over 120min
more than 12
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This thick sweet cordial dessert will hit the spot after a long and filling meal. Make a batch today and enjoy it for weeks to come. Note: Mario Batali prepared this recipe differently on air but for best results follow the procedures below.
  • 4 Cup vodka
  • zest of 10 lemons 
  • 2 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 3 1/2 Cup water 
step-by-step directions We've Made Cooking As Easy As 1-2-3! printer friendly version 
  • 1
    4 Cup vodka
    zest of 10 lemons 
    Place vodka and zest in a sealable jar, like a mason jar and allow to sit in a cool place for 4 days. 
  • 2
    2 1/2 Cup sugar
    3 1/2 Cup water 
    On the fifth day place 2 1/2 cups sugar and 3 1/2 cups water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Allow to cook 5 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool. 
  • 3
    Add sugar solution to the vodka solution and allow to stand overnight. 
  • 4
    Strain through a layer of cheesecloth in a conical sieve, pressing the solids firmly.  Strain again through a second layer in the same manner. 
  • 5
    Chill and allow to stand 1 week.  Serve very cold.

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