2-Hour Sous Vide Limoncello


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Limoncello (pronounced lee-mohn-CHEH-loh), a beautifully sweet Italian digestif, is easy and so inexpensive to produce. This sous vide version takes just 2 hours instead of the 6 to 8 weeks it normally takes to make this delicious beverage!
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Ingredients for 12

  • 10 fresh lemons, preferably organic

  • 4 cups vodka

  • 4 cups water

  • 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar


  • Step 1

    Set the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker to 135ºF (57ºC).

  • Step 2

    Thoroughly wash lemons in hot water to remove wax and pat dry.

  • Step 3

    Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest in strips from the lemons, taking care to avoid any of the white pith. Save lemons for future use.

  • Step 4

    Place zest strips in a large zipper lock bag with the vodka. Seal the bag using the water immersion technique and place the bag in the water bath. Set the timer for 2 hours.

  • Step 5

    Meanwhile, prepare the syrup: Heat water and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir to dissolve sugar. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

    • Finishing Steps

    • Step 0

      When the timer goes off, remove the bag from the water bath. Strain the entire contents of the bag through a fine mesh strainer set over a large pitcher or bowl. Stir in the syrup.

    • Step 1

      Transfer lemoncello to clean bottles with tight-fitting lids. Chill before serving in small glasses.

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