Sous Vide Limoncello Vodka Cocktail


I grew up in a cooking family and after getting a degree in Spanish and Anthropology, realized what I really wanted to do was to go to culinary school. After working in a NYC bank for a few years, I managed to get to culinary school and got my first jobs in NYC kitchens ...

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Years ago, I made a big plan of giving everyone a bottle of limoncello for the holiday season. That sweet, lemony Italian liqueur was something I found delectable. I originally made this decision to gift such a beverage in early December and only started creating the recipe around mid-month. Okay, I might be exaggerating a little, but 10-14 days of preparation was not going to cut it – until I discovered that I could use my Anova Precision Cooker for limoncello and get results in two hours. (Don’t tell my friends, but they’re all still getting limoncello in their stockings this year). Note: I use a lot of lemons in my cooking, and I am in the habit of peeling them before I squeeze them for juice—I don’t like wasting anything I might find a use for someday! I store lemon peel in a bag in the freezer, so when I decided to make limoncello, I had all the peel I needed.
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Ingredients for 4

  • 1 (750-mL) bottle vodka

  • Grated zest or peel of 10-15 thoroughly washed lemons

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup water


  • Step 1

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

  • Step 2

    Combine the vodka and lemon zest in a large zipper lock bag. Seal the bag using the water immersion technique. Place the bag in the water bath and set the timer for 2 or up to 3 hours.

  • Step 3

    While vodka infuses, prepare the syrup: Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and stir to dissolve sugar. Let cool to room temperature.

    • Finishing Steps

    • Step 0

      When the timer goes off, remove the bag from the water bath. Strain the contents of the bag through a fine-mesh strainer into a large bowl. Stir in the syrup.

    • Step 1

      Pour limoncello into sterile, decorative bottles to give as gifts or return to original vodka bottle. Cap off and store in the freezer.

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