– 10 medium organic lemons – 1 (750 mL) bottle high-proof pure grain alcohol (such as Everclear) or high-proof vodka – 3 cups water – 2 cups sugar
Since limoncello is made from the zest of lemons, you want to use thick-skinned, high-quality, organic lemons free of wax and pesticides. Wash and scrub off any dirt and dry your lemons thoroughly.
Using a Microplane, zest your lemons, taking care to zest only the peel and not the pith.
You should end up with 1 to 1 1/2 cups of zest. Pour the zest into a clean half-gallon glass jar.
Pour the bottle of alcohol into the jar and seal with a lid.