Monday, October 3, 2011

Homemade Limoncello- DIY Christmas Gift

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Happy Monday to you! I was excited to participate in The Saturday Evening Pot's "Countdown To Christmas" this past week. She asked different bloggers to submit homemade gift ideas or holiday recipes for their event, which runs for 100 days before Christmas. Christmas is not necessarily on my radar yet. I'll take Halloween and Thanksgiving first, thank you. But when thinking about what homemade Christmas presents make my favorite gifts, I thought of homemade Limoncello right away. Limoncello is bright and appropriately citrus-y for Christmas time and makes a popular and handsome homemade present for friends, neighbors and family. Limoncello also takes a cool month and a half to make because it needs to sit and develop. So, best to get started now.

Limoncello is a lemon liquor and when you make it from scratch you can control the sweetness. A bottle of this liquid gold will not go bad anytime soon. It can sit in your freezer ready to be sipped from a shot glass or a fancy limoncello glass, like this set that I'm in love with from Napa Style-

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It's best sipped after dinner or with dessert but also can be drizzled straight from the bottle on sponge cakes or angel food cakes. Add some whipped cream and fresh strawberries and you have dessert.

Consider yourself warned though-If you make this once, you might find yourself needing to make it every year.

Follow the link to Saturday Evening Pot for the recipe and to read my post!


  1. That is gorgeous! I'm going to get the recipe!

  2. Thanks, Krysta! Your post is very popular and I thought you might like to know it has been pinned several times (so far), repinned, and also commented on... on Pinterest, in addition to the comments people have left to the blog post.

    Check it out on Pinterest:

    Have a wonderful day! :)

  3. Krysta... I've been working on a follow-up "recipe roundup" kind of post with a variety of recipes that utilize limoncello as an ingredient. Would that be something you'd be interested in as a "reciprocal" guest post on your blog? It would link back to your limoncello guest post and I would link to the post on my blog so my readers could get additional recipes for the limoncello as well.

    If it's not something you'd want to do, I can just go ahead with posting it as planned... no problem. Just wanted to see what you thought first!

  4. I love this! Too bad everclear is illegal here in the styx. Maybe I shall make a trip to MD for it. THanks for sharing!

  5. I lived in Italy for 2 years (La Maddalena, Sardinia) and this was VERY popular - there it was your appetizer drink, then wine during dinner, then you ended the meal with a little Mirto! Oh how I miss it!

  6. I've kept this unread and starred in my Reader because I have been having commenting issues lately. I think I have them fixed now. This is getting pinned again, Krysta! It's absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to make some of it. It will be the perfect gift for those on my list who have everything. Thank you!

  7. This is such a great idea, all my friends LOVE limoncello and would be so impressed if I made and gifted them some! :) Thanks!

  8. I know this is a random question,,but can you tell me where you bought the cute little shot glasses that the limo cello is in,,,I absolutely love them and can't find them anywhere. Thank you.

  9. Hi Amber, the first picture is of my liqueur glasses (you'll have better luck finding them if you search under that term, although I don't know where I got these particular ones.) The second picture is a set they sell at Napa Style. It's a limoncello set. Hope that helps!