I don't know if I can call a drink this alcoholic "refreshing". I don't know if I should be able to call something like this a summer drink. It's very strong, Italian liquor made my steeping lemon zest but it's a great digestif on a warm summer day. And if you want a daytime cocktail, it's best mixed with sparkling water, an extra twist of fresh lemon, perhaps a few fresh fruits.
- 10 organic lemons
- 1 liter Everclear
- 750 grams sugar
- 1 liter water
- Zest lemon in strips, making sure not to also remove the bitter pith. Place in glass mason jar
- Pour everclear over lemon zest and let sit for 10 to 14 days in a cool dark place, shaking once each day
- After infusion is ready, remove lemon zest. Boil water and sugar until dissolved. Add lemon zest and let cool to room temperature
- Remove lemon zest and add lemon infused everclear to the simple syrup. Strain limoncello through cheesecloth and into clean bottles.