Two ways to make amazing homemade limoncello. We explore both ways so you can be confident that you know which way makes the best limoncello!
Fill a big bottle (with a lid) with the vodka and hang the cheesecloth with the lemon peels over top of the vodka without touching it. Screw the lid on so it holds the lemon peels suspended in the cheesecloth. Place in a cool dark place for 4 - 6 weeks.
Peel the lemons with a vegetable peeler. Take a sharp knife and remove any pith from the lemon peels. Fill a big bottle (with a lid) with the vodka and throw the lemon peels into the vodka. Screw the lid on. Place in a cool dark place for 4 weeks.
Add the sugar and water to a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Cook for 5 - 10 mins just until the mixture starts to get slightly syrupy. You don't want it too thick.
When the vodka tastes real lemony, remove the lemon peels from the jar of lemon and vodka and then add in the simple syrup 1/2 cup at a time until you are happy with the taste of the liqueur. You want it to be slightly sweet, but also still tart.