Part 2: Homemade Limoncello

Back in December I found Buddha’s hand, a fragrant and oddly shaped citron that is all zest. I grated it up and placed it in a jar filled with a bottle of vodka. It sat in a dark, cool closet for around 7 weeks, when I took it out to find a strongly flavored citron vodka.

I strained the citron vodka and added some simple syrup to make a refreshing and wonderfully flavored limoncello. It was perfect timing – I made it on the last day of a streak of sunny, spring-like weather in the middle of winter. Daffodils were in bloom and everything was idyllic outside.

Now I can sip the limoncello while it’s dreary and overcast outside and bring a little sunshine to a cold winter day. Limoncello is a a refreshingly bright beverage you make with winter fruits (lemon or Buddha’s hand) and pretend it’s already spring.

One for you and one for me!


Buddha’s Hand Limoncello

See here for how to make citron vodka.

  • 750 ml citron vodka
  • 1 C water
  • 1 C organic sugar

Once your vodka is ready (let infuse for at least 2 weeks), strain at least twice through a sieve. Bring water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir until sugar is dissolved, then remove from heat and let cool. Once cool, add a little of the simple syrup at a time to the vodka until it is sweetened to your taste.

17 Comments on Part 2: Homemade Limoncello

  1. Wheels
    February 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm (11 years ago)

    I know what we’re doing this weekend! You’re so patient to wait for it!

  2. Leanna @
    February 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm (11 years ago)

    Oh I should make this! I just made a jalapeno infused vodka. I think I need the contrast of something not as harsh. I really enjoy drinking the limoncello you can get at the liquor store, I bet this is awesome!!
    Leanna @ recently posted Garlic Cheese Rolls

  3. Lauren
    February 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm (11 years ago)

    Oh WOW. This sounds fabulous. I don’t know if ill be able to wait the 7 weeks though 😉 Thank you Thank you Thank you 🙂

    • Stephanie
      February 16, 2011 at 5:20 pm (11 years ago)

      Lauren – you don’t have to wait 7 weeks but I’d give it at least 2. The longer you wait, the better it’ll taste!

  4. dakshachopra
    February 16, 2011 at 10:47 pm (11 years ago)

    This sounds intresting, great but i never wait 7 week before i drink this limoncello, thanks for sharing this.

  5. Jill Colonna
    February 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm (11 years ago)

    My goodness! Look at that Buddah’s hand. I am saving this recipe since brought an amazing ray of sunshine in this weather. We adore Limoncello and never thought of making it. Thanks for sharing!

  6. sippitysup
    February 24, 2011 at 9:29 am (11 years ago)

    I have made lemocello too. I served it at a party in the dessert. It went down like candy and we had quite a few stupid drunks on our hands! From now on I think sipped solo on gorgeous sunny day, is the best way to enjoy this! GREG

  7. Marie
    November 28, 2011 at 5:55 am (10 years ago)

    Thanks for the instructions!! I assume you didn’t actually remove the pith from the Buddha’s Hand? Another site suggested doing that but the pith isn’t bitter at all so I was expecting to leave it.

    BTW – it *is* yummy, candied; that’s what I did with last year’s “Cthulhu Fruit”.

    • Stephanie
      November 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm (10 years ago)

      @Marie – I left the pith because it isn’t bitter. I’d love to try it candied – I’ll have to keep an eye out for Buddha’s hand again this winter.

  8. Marie
    November 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm (10 years ago)

    They had them at Whole Foods just last week, but I had to ask; they weren’t out. Candying it is fun and easy, and none of the boiling like with grapefruit peel.

    I’ve got a 2-liter jar and 1.75 ml of vodka waiting for the buddhacello experiment. I should try to get a second fruit in case it needs more flavor.

  9. Tony
    January 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm (10 years ago)

    I’d appreciate hearing from anyone who has used other strongly-scented lemon-like fruits, such as etrog, which features in the Jewish celebration of sukkot.


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