MAKES: 1 3/4 liters
- 8 lemons
- 1 bergamot orange (optional)
- 1 (750-ml) bottle Stolichnaya 100 proof vodka or other 100 proof grain vodka
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: funnel; 2 empty clean 1-liter bottles with caps
Using a sharp vegetable peeler or paring knife, cut zest from lemons and bergamot orange, avoiding white pith. Cut away any remaining pith from zest with a sharp paring knife. Transfer zest to a 2-quart pitcher. Reserve lemons for another use.
Add vodka and water to pitcher. Cover pitcher with plastic wrap and let zest steep for 5 days at room temperature.
Strain liquid through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium saucepan and add sugar. Heat over medium heat, stirring, just until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Using a funnel, transfer limoncello to bottles and refrigerate for two weeks before serving. Serve well chilled.
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