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Making Italy’s Easy, Refreshing Lemon Liqueur

Simply steep vodka with lemon zest and sugar and then taste the citrusy zip of limoncello in desserts or on its own

Fine Cooking Issue 19
Photos: Stephen Ciuccoli
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You’re visiting friends in Sorrento, on the Amalfi coast in Italy. Your friend brings what looks like little martini glasses, all frosty and beaded with cold and  filled with an icy cold, bright yellow liqueur. It’s sweet but not cloying, and pleasantly tart. Your friend tells you it’s called limoncello . . .

This article will give you the recipe and the technique. You provide the lemons, the vodka, and the time. Featured recipe: Limoncello.


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