This is quick and easy to make – it will take about 10 minutes – but then needs to be left for a couple of weeks at least before you drink it. Then the lemon zest and lemon grass really infuse the vodka to give a delicious sharp but rich taste.
Makes 750ml bottle
8 unwaxed lemons
2 lemon grass stems
700ml bottle of good quality vodka
220g caster sugar
Zest the lemons and crush the lemon grass and put them into a large sterilised kilner or preserving jar and pour over the vodka.
Put the sugar into a saucepan with 350ml water, bring to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Leave the syrup to cool, then add it to the lemon zest mixture.
Seal the preserving jar and leave for a couple of weeks in a cupboard, shaking and turning every so often. Then strain the limoncello into bottles. This is best served ice cold, straight from the freezer.
Now, doesn't that sound the dog's? The kitchen smells fantastic. Limoncello!