The famous Italian lemon liqueur, Limoncello, is simply lemon zest steeped in vodka for several weeks, then mixed with a simple syrup and aged a little longer.
Served icy cold, (Limoncello is kept in the freezer) it’s the perfect after dinner drink on a sweltering summer evening or a refreshing libation on a sunny afternoon.
Unfortunately, the pops never quite set up, so I turned my frozen flop into Limoncello fresco. I served the partially frozen, slightly slushy, snow-like mixture in Limoncello glasses with spoons. Very refreshing!
- 6 tablespoons water
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/3 cup Limoncello
- 3 tablespoons water
- In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil to make a simple syrup. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for two minutes. Remove from heat, let cool. then refrigerate until chilled.
- In a large glass measuring cup, (for easy pouring into molds) or a bowl, mix together the lemon juice, Limoncello and 3 tablespoons of the water.
- Pour in the chilled simple syrup and mix thoroughly.
- Pour into small (2-ounce) popsicle molds. If you don’t have popsicle molds, use small paper cups or an ice cube tray. Freeze until firm-ish (about 4 hours).
- Transfer the limoncello fresco into Limoncello glasses, serve with small spoons.