Are you looking for a great way to spend less time in the mall, and more time in the comfort of your own kitchen this holiday season? If so, you need look no further. The homemade recipe listed here makes a festive and personal gift for all of your friends and neighbors. Part of the pleasure of receiving the gift is in the presentation, so use your imagination when wrapping. Items like unique jars and bottles, decorative Chinese food takeout boxes, or ornate bags all provide a perfect package. Be sure and add a few embellishments like raffia and ribbon to complete your holiday gift.


• 8-10 large lemons
• 1 bottle of vodka (750ml)
• 3½ cups of water
• 2½ cups sugar

Peel skin off lemons, but only the top yellow layer, avoid the white pith or your drink will be bitter. In a large glass jar, pour vodka over the lemon peels and leave covered for 3-4 weeks at room temperature (70°). In a saucepan, bring water to a boil and add sugar. Cook, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let syrup cool to room temperature and add to the vodka mixture. Allow mixture to sit another 3-4 weeks covered at room temperature. Pour Limoncello through cheesecloth before dividing into gift bottles. Refrigerate or keep in freezer.