Have you ever been to the Amalfi Coast? It’s a place I’ve been dreaming about for the last couple of years. We almost went for a babymoon when I was pregnant but opted for Paris and Eastern Europe instead as it was winter and we wanted to visit the Amalfi Coast during the warmer months.

Several of my friends have visited the Amalfi Coast.  I love listening to their recap of such a beautiful and picturesque place. Stars shoot from their eyes as they share stories of lazy days spent lingering on the water, walking on cobble stone streets, and sipping limoncello at dusk.

The Italians have a way of making everyone feel beautiful. I’ve travelled throughout Italy and in each city I’ve received charming and warm gestures from Italian women and men alike. Perhaps it’s because they are surrounded by rich historical architecture and art. Or maybe it’s because they’ve been eating caprese salad and gelato every day and their hearts and bellies are content. Likely though, it’s due to their approach to living. Italians slow down. They linger over meals, engage in lively conversation, and enjoy the fruits of their land.

As summer approaches I look forward to capturing a bit of their magic. The days will grow longer and nights will get warmer. I wanted a refreshing and bright beverage to sip slowly while I take it all in. I’ve made a batch of limoncello that will allow me to do just that.

Limoncello is the perfect aperitif and quite simple to make. It requires a few ingredients and only a number of days to rest before it’s ready to enjoy. Soon you will be transported to the Amalfi Coast where life is lived simply and beautifully. Happy Sipping!

750 ml vodka
Zest from 10 lemons
1-2 c simple syrup

-Wash and dry the lemons
-Zest the lemons, making sure to only capture the yellow part as the white part of the rind is bitter
-Combine zest from the 10 lemons and vodka in a large sealable jar
-Let sit in a cool and dry place for 4-10 days
-Strain vodka using a coffee filter to collect the zest
-Make simple syrup by combining equal parts sugar and water and simmering over a stove until well incorporated (Do not leave unattended! Do not burn! The fire department visited me one Christmas morning after burning simple syrup while I was in the shower!)
-I used 1 c sugar and 1 c water
-Cool simple syrup
-Add simple syrup to lemon vodka
-Chill limoncello in refrigerator
-Serve straight up or with ice