When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Limoncello!

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Limoncello shares my recipe for a traditional Italian liqueur. And also encouragement to lighten the weight of any lemons…to remind you of the sweetness of blessing already on its way.

How to Make Limoncello - photos and easy recipe from Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Limoncello! Easy Instructions and Photos as well as Recipe for How to Make Italian Limoncello. Lemon Themed Kitchen Finds, Meyer Lemon Loveliness, and Personal Reflections About Sour and Sweet…certainly lovely indeed.

If lemony goodness tempts your tastebuds, here is food for thought. Are lemons not your favorite jam? Read on as well.

As with so many of the musings from this sanctuary of peaceful interiors (literal and figurative), mysteries hide within mysteries. Beauty may be more than citrus skin deep. Unexpected lovely may linger between the lemons and even the white space between words.

But first the limoncello recipe!

How to Make Limoncello

How to make limoncello - photos and easy recipe from Hello Lovely Studio.
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Hello Lovely Limoncello Recipe

8-12 lemons: scrub them clean then peel them with a vegetable peeler or knife, avoiding the pith. Place peels in a clear glass jar that can be sealed.

750 ml vodka or Everclear (about 3 cups): pour over lemon peel in jar and store in a dark place, 2-4 weeks. Strain the infused liqueur through cheesecloth into a clean container. If desired, gather peels into a piece of cheesecloth and squeeze any remaining liquid into container. Discard peels.

3 cups water: bring it to a boil in a saucepan, then add 2 cups white sugar. Reduce heat and allow a few minutes for sugar to completely dissolve so you are left with a thin syrup. Cool completely before adding to alcohol. Stir to combine.

You may now bottle your limoncello in sterile bottles and store in the freezer.

Serve limoncello ice cold in cognac or shot glasses.

Ideas for Dishes and Cocktails Made With Limoncello

There are so many delicious ways to use limoncello for pasta dishes and more. GO HERE where I have gathered some yummy ideas for you to pin and discover.

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Beautiful vibrant yellow lemons in a scalloped white bowl on a round rattan charger. Hello Lovely Studio.
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This bowl (above and below) is always on my counter with fruit and makes the perfect gift!

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Exact bowl: White Ruffle Bowl, $24.95 Crate & Barrel

Limoncello Facts & Tips

What color should limoncello be? Sometimes limoncello is clear – it was likely sweetened with a simple syrup rather than honey, which imparts an amber hue to the limoncello.

How to make limoncello - beautiful photos of lemons and easy recipe from Hello Lovely Studio.
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What if there is white on my lemon peels? Limoncello makers frequently caution us about careful avoidance of the lemon’s pith when peeling (since the white is the bitter part of the fruit). But even when I’m lazy and get some pith in there, it doesn’t create a big problem. (Translation: I like this recipe because I can be lazy.) Remember, you’ll be adding sweetener to the lemony infused alcohol.

Inspirational quote about lemons and lemonade from This is Us by Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio.

Don’t you juice the lemons for limoncello? Some folks juice the lemons after peeling and add this to the jar with the alcohol. I haven’t done so yet. Sometimes I make lemonade with the juice right away. For this batch, I froze the peeled lemons for later use as stuffing for a roast chicken. You can also take frozen slices out of the freezer to combine with other fruit and herbs for a yummy clean smelling potpourri on the stovetop to infuse your kitchen with fresh fragrance.

Lemons in a white bowl on a Viatera Minuet countertop in kitchen near farm sink - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Bennett Rimmed Low Bowl from Crate and Barrel.
These make the best individual bowls for pasta! Bennett Rimmed Low Bowl, Crate & Barrel

How much time will the lemon peels marinate? Everyone has an opinion about aging and how long to let the lemon peel and alcohol hang out. In my experience, 2 weeks is plenty of time. One week is even probably okay.

Humorous quote from Hello Lovely Studio with lemon theme: When life hands you lemons, make TACOS. Then sit back and watch the world wonder how you did it.
Ha! Hello Lovely Studio

How should I serve the limoncello? I love this tip for serving limoncello at a gathering: cut a paper milk carton in half and use the bottom half for this preparation. Place a bottle of limoncello in the center of the carton, fill with water (and herbs if desired), and freeze until ready to serve. Peel away the cardboard. Now your limoncello will stay ice cold at the table in its own confetti pretty cube of ice.

Lemon peels marinating in vodka for a limoncello recipe shared here by Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Limoncello! Easy Instructions and Photos as well as Recipe for How to Make Italian Limoncello. Lemon Themed Kitchen Finds, Meyer Lemon Loveliness, and Personal Reflections About Sour and Sweet…certainly lovely indeed.
Italian glass storage jar with clamped lid from Crate & Barrel.
Italian Glass Storage Jar, $7.95 – Crate & Barrel

Can the limoncello be used in baking? Can you even imagine how your poundcake or lemon blueberry loaf can be kicked up a notch with a little boozy help from homemade limoncello? Remember those jello cakes we used to make in the 1970s? How about pricking little holes with a fork into your pound cake while still warm and drizzling some room temp limoncello into those wee indentations? Another idea is to simply combine a Tablespoon or so of limoncello with powdered sugar for a glaze for a cake or muffins.

Orange Zyliss Paring Knife
Zyliss Paring Knife, Crate & Barrel
Lemons on a cutting board ready to be peeled for a limoncello recipe shared on Hello Lovely Studio. Kitchen Countertop material: Viatera Minuet quartz.
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How to Make Limoncello: Great Tutorial!

My Life’s Lemons & Lemonade

My own life has been awfully lemony since June. Plenty of consolations, but also a steady supply of lemons. Many lemons have been new and unfamiliar. (No need for worry or pity–I’m doing the work, and I live emboldened by prayer and held in grace.) Though I struggle with illness, with stress, and with real problems (‘real’ meaning issues one can’t simply throw money at to make them disappear), my spirit and soul remain stronger than any struggle.

Peeled lemons on a cutting board for a recipe for limoncello - learn the easy instructions on Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Limoncello! Easy Instructions and Photos as well as Recipe for How to Make Italian Limoncello. Lemon Themed Kitchen Finds, Meyer Lemon Loveliness, and Personal Reflections About Sour and Sweet…certainly lovely indeed.

While I may not know the sour you may be facing today, friend, I honor your battle and know this: it need not get the last word with so much sweetness hidden nearby.

Lemon carved with a heart - see more photos of beautiful lemons with instructions for making limoncello on Hello Lovely Studio.
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It’s only right I confess something straight away before rambling on about lemonade. I am not very fond of clichés and all those overused phrases cross-stitched on embroidery hoops and tattooed on a fair share of ankles.

Glass jar of lemon peels ready for a limoncello recipe by Hello Lovely Studio. Countertop material is Viatera Minuet quartz.
Hello Lovely Studio. When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Limoncello! Easy Instructions and Photos as well as Recipe for How to Make Italian Limoncello. Lemon Themed Kitchen Finds, Meyer Lemon Loveliness, and Personal Reflections About Sour and Sweet…certainly lovely indeed.

The ‘make lemonade’ cliché has persisted since the early 20th century in American culture wherever references arise to optimism and overcoming fate. I can imagine how meaningful and rich the saying was in its infancy.

Inspirational quote on Hello Lovely Studio about lemons: When those lemons in life come...let's make lemonade.
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In spite of my personal distaste for phrases gone stale and cliché (clearly I’m a classic enneagram 4 word nerd), God has shockingly nudged me toward them. As a younger woman, the cliché triggered both eye rolls and resistance. Yet invitations to drink down what I anticipate will be bland or bitter kept arriving.

Photos of peeled lemons in preparation for limoncello recipe on Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio

Maybe it’s an acquired taste which seasons the second half of life.

How to make homemade easy limoncello on Hello Lovely Studio!
Hello Lovely Studio. Our countertops are Viatera Minuet quartz: read about it HERE. When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Limoncello! Easy Instructions and Photos as well as Recipe for How to Make Italian Limoncello. Lemon Themed Kitchen Finds, Meyer Lemon Loveliness, and Personal Reflections About Sour and Sweet…certainly lovely indeed.

Where the beauty in this mystery lies for me, is how miraculous it feels when a cliché like ‘make lemonade’ or ‘bloom where you’re planted’ is etched upon my heart while I sleep or in a sober moment of awakening. I can’t prove it. But it becomes crystal clear that the message’s sweetness HAILS FROM SOMETHING BEYOND ME AND MY INFLATED EGO.

Inspirational quote about lemons on Hello Lovely Studio: When life gets sour, sweeten it with gratitude.
Hello Lovely Studio

It seems my whole life through, I have been wired for words in a love affair with language. Yet God somehow speaks to me clearly in pared down, ordinary, and elegant simplicity.

Noticing the sweetness and profundity within the mystery of the cliché has transformed my regard for: the commonplace, the seemingly unoriginal, and those expressions repeated a million times which typically shift us quickly into boredom-mode.

Lemon peels in jar with vodka for easy homemade limoncello recipe on Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Read about our quartz countertops RIGHT HERE. When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Limoncello! Easy Instructions and Photos as well as Recipe for How to Make Italian Limoncello. Lemon Themed Kitchen Finds, Meyer Lemon Loveliness, and Personal Reflections About Sour and Sweet…certainly lovely indeed.

It would seem that on this journey which is my own, the cliché points to a secret simple pathway of sweetness. While I would prefer the pathway be level or an ascent, in this upside down kingdom, treasure seems to lie in the descent. Descent into deeper humility; descent into a more humble reliance upon grace.

Inspirational quote by Mother Teresa on Hello Lovely Studio: Each moment is all we need, not more.
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I’m not special. While we’re all so different, I believe the universe, God, LOVE, and Mystery speak with expressions precisely and perfectly designed to woo us into greater sweetness.

Serene white neutral kitchen with Viatera Minuet countertops, polished subway marble backsplash, and Belgian linen dining chairs. Hello Lovely Studio.
My kitchen is bland without those lemons! Shop my kitchen RIGHT HERE. Hello Lovely Studio.

Are we too rushed, defensive, and busy to notice? Solitude, silence, and stillness have been masterful teachers guiding my own attentiveness and shaping my heart. I highly recommend their wisdom to you.

Thank you for reading this with such tenderness, friends.

Inspirational quote about kindness on Hello Lovely Studio: One kind word can change someone's entire day. Let it come from YOU.
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Sweet Lemony Finds You’ll Love!

Yellow always feels so welcome and natural when spring arrives, and I loved curating these cheerful finds to lift and charm your everyday.

If there is a single lemony addition you make to your life this very instant, THIS SHOULD BE IT. Meyer Lemon yum! I have used these products for decades now, and their fresh scent and loveliness never fail to elevate mundane kitchen chores.

Williams Sonoma Meyer Lemon Cleaning Set
Meyer Lemon Cleaning Set, Williams Sonoma
Williams Sonoma Meyer Lemon Candle
Scented Candle, Williams Sonoma

Like the towel says…

Who doesn’t want to look and feel their best? And who can’t use more creative ideas to work superfoods into the daily diet?

I love the cheerfulness of this casual ensemble:

Want to create childhood wonder, encouragement to splash in rain puddles, and even upgrade the style factor of your porch or entry? Wellies!

Lemon yellow Hunter Boots Original Tall Rain Boots - Anthropologie
Hunter Boots, Anthropologie

If you were alive in the 1970’s, this sweet design on the charming dishtowel below may tug at your heartstrings! Keep on truckin? Oh my soul, I haven’t seen that in print for a long time, and it triggers a ton of memories!

Sweet Treats Dish Towel - 1970s nostalgic ice cream truck towel from Anthropologie
Sweet Treats Dish Towel, Anthropologie

Guess I can’t hide my fondness for dishtowels. They can add just the right pop in spring.

Aren’t these plates on sale elegant?

Until I develop my own recipe, this sounds delectable…

Artichoke Lemon Pesto Dip
Artichoke Lemon Pesto, Crate & Barrel

When subdued and faded are buzzwords for you…

I am imagining these snack plates with little grapes and berries–what a mood lifter!

I used to have a vintage Jadeite juicer quite similar to this one. Brings back sweet memories. Isn’t it amazing that you can find anything at all now online!?!

Jadeite style green juicer with handle
Juicer With Handle, Amazon

Thanks so much for tasting, for seeing, and for dreaming with me on this journey.

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Wishing you loads of lemon sunshine, smiles for miles, and the luxuriant warmth of spring.

If you’re in the mood for a little more spring color, SEE THIS!

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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8 Comments

  1. Marilyn S.
    March 28, 2019 / 5:18 am

    I can’t help but to be reminded of this truth-His sheep know his voice…. You are listening

    • Michele
      Author
      March 28, 2019 / 6:48 am

      Oh, friend, what a blessing to feel truly heard. Thank you for your heart. Wishing you peace.

  2. March 28, 2019 / 12:43 pm

    I needed this post today as a reminder, to slow down, listen and put it all in God’s hands. My shoulders and neck hurt, my teeth from grinding and I am tired from no sleep. Thank you my friend for being a messenger and a bright light.

    • Michele
      Author
      March 28, 2019 / 6:37 pm

      Yours is such a beautiful soul, Elizabeth. Wishing you peace, relief, and comfort. xox

  3. March 29, 2019 / 12:45 pm

    Michelle,
    You are so welcome for the feature at Thursday Favorite Things. I love limoncello. I make yummy cupcakes and put it in lots of my baking. I pinned your recipe to make my own. I can
    t wait to try it.
    Spring is in the air here too and I am loving it. It does make you smile.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    • Michele
      Author
      March 29, 2019 / 3:28 pm

      I have yet to make cupcakes with it–yum!!! Thanks so much for sharing and the kind words. Wishing you blessings and sunshine, Bev. xox

  4. March 29, 2019 / 11:55 pm

    Oh my goodness…all of this lemony, sunshiny fun, I love it all! Those yellow hunter boots though!

    Your little quotes are the best. I will definitely make tacos on my next “sour” lemon life day. I use similar quotes to refer to having chronic Lyme Disease. “When life gives you Lyme, decorate your kitchen with bright, beautiful, lemons!”

    I really enjoy your beautiful blog Michele, thanks for inspiring!

    • Michele
      Author
      March 30, 2019 / 11:23 am

      Hahaha – love your mantra and i must say i have a thing for limes even more than lemons, Amber! Thanks for the encouragement and support. xox

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