For as long as I can remember, there has been limoncello in my house–specifically, my garage. While some parents may brew their own funky beers, mine loved to mix up the classic Italian drink for any occasion they could think of–graduation parties, summer picnics, even our annual Christmas party. It’s become a delicious partner to celebration in my house.
Which is why, when partnering up with Pinnacle Vodka this summer to showcase fun cocktails and entertaining ideas, this is the first thing that popped into my head. Not only is it a great, refreshing drink to have on-hand for summer entertaining, but it was the perfect way to celebrate my impending trip to Italy in a few weeks. Because what’s more Italian than limoncello?!
Let’s get down to business. To start, you’re going to first want a bottle of high-quality, high-proof vodka. Enter: Pinnacle! Their traditional, unflavored version of vodka was perfect for this–it’s imported from France and is the highest rated vodka, so the quality is amazing, and it’s 80 proof, so it packs enough of a punch to really help extract all the flavor from the lemons (you should aim to use anything from 80 proof to 100 proof, which Pinnacle also has). You’ll be using four cups of vodka, along with 12 lemons and, eventually, 2 1/2 cups of sugar.
Zest the lemons using a vegetable peeler, being careful to avoid the white part (the pith). Put the zest into a large mason jar or other sealable glass jar and add the vodka (there should be enough to cover the zest–if there isn’t, add a bit more!).
Set aside the mixture in a cool, dark place for 4-8 days (a garage would be perfect, but if you don’t have one, like me, a pantry will do!). As times lapses, the alcohol will remove the essence of the lemon, leaving the vodka a pale yellow color (and smelling amazing!).
After that torturous wait period, it’s finally time to mix up your limoncello! Pour the vodka out of the bottle through a strainer, so you catch any rogue lemon peel pieces in the process. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and 6 cups of water over medium heat. Warm it until the sugar dissolves (but do not boil) and the syrup is clear, about 10-12 minutes. Allow it to cool, then pour the syrup into the lemon-infused vodka–it will turn cloudy and an even paler yellow. Sample as you go to achieve the desired sweetness–limoncello is traditionally served over ice in an iced glass, so you want it sweet enough to be able to sip casually. Cin cin!
Pinnacle Vodka shakes things up with unexpected experiences and delightful discoveries. Explore with other fun flavors at http://pinnaclevodka.com. Also, check us out on Facebook and Twitter, or find more fun entertaining and drink ideas on our Pinterest page.
Pinnacle® is a registered trademark of Jim Beam Brands Co. and is used with permission. This is a sponsored partnership, with Pinnacle® Vodka, via Mode Media. The information, comments, and ideas expressed on this website are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of Jim Beam Brands Co., its affiliated companies, or any of their directors or employees.