More time at home means finally getting a chance to try and do new things. How about learning how to make limoncello for a fun stay-in cocktail or virtual happy hour toast? Here’s to brightening our evenings and making the most of it. Cheers!


10 lemons

1 (750 ml) bottle 100 proof vodka

3.5 cups water

2.5 cups sugar


Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from the lemons in long strips. Using a small sharp knife, trim the white pith from the lemon peels; discard the pith.

Place the lemon peels in a 2-quart pitcher. Pour the vodka over the peels and cover with plastic wrap. Steep the lemon peels in the vodka for 4 days at room temperature.

Stir the water and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Cool completely. Pour the sugar syrup over the vodka mixture. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight.

Strain the limoncello through a mesh strainer. Discard the peels. Transfer the limoncello to bottles. Seal the bottles and refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours and up to 1 month.