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.
I have been in a frozen state of mind lately, making granita, sorbet, frozen pies and frozen limonata, even chocolate espresso ice cubes, so why not (for adults only) Limoncello Popsicles?
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.