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Homemade Limoncello


Stolen from Gizmodo

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 bottle Skyy Vodka (750ml.)
  • 2 lemons, rinsed (ideally organic, Meyer lemons)
  • Cheesecloth
  • Twine

To Finish:

  • 1.5 cups simple syrup (50/50 water and sugar by weight)
  • Zest of two lemons (new, fresh Meyers)


Pour vodka into a clean glass jar.
Wrap lemons in cheesecloth and suspend over vodka (using the twine to secure them).
Seal tightly, and let sit undisturbed (in a cool, dark place) for one month.
After one month, discard lemons, then add syrup and the fresh zest of two newlemons.
Let sit for 15 minutes, and strain through a fine mesh sieve (or more cheesecloth).
Chill and then drink up.



Image by Roland Bello / Gourmet

Another good one for a non-alcoholic option, or can be mixed to make a pretty good long iced cocktail.

The soft version (makes about 1 litre)
Measures & Instructions:

  • juice 1/2 a watermelon (or enough to get a about 660ml of juice)
  • 330ml  home-made lemonade mix

Mix the ingredients together & add freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste – you don’t want this too sweet, it should be refreshing.
Bottle and refrigerate. Serve over ice and top with soda.


The hard version
Measures & Instructions:

  • 30-60ml vodka or gin
  • watermelon-ade mix (see above)
  • splash of soda

Add watermelon-ade mix to the vodka or gin in a tall glass with plenty of ice. Stir & top with a splash of soda for a bit of fizz.

Espresso Martini


  • 1 oz cold Espresso
  • 1.5 oz Vodka
  • 1.5 oz Coffee Liqueur (like Kahlua or if you have the patience, make your own)
  • 1 oz White Creme de Cacao

Pour ingredients into shaker filled with ice, shake vigorously, and strain into chilled martini glass. It should be a little frothy.

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