When Life Gives You Lemons

Summer has arrived and the December holiday is almost in full swing. Time to relax, spend time with family and take it easy by the pool.

When Life Gives You Lemons

But what if all these fun in the sun activities could be accompanied by an irresistibly lemony, zesty liqueur? You would probably want to know, right? Introducing… Limoncello!

Limoncello was originally created in the South of Italy (particularly the Amalfi Coast and Sorrentine Peninsula) and its main use was as a Digestive.

Traditionally one would drink this digestive after a meal and it would help with the digestion process. However, unlike its counterparts, Limoncello is not bitter or sour but instead boasts with a burst of refreshing tangy flavour.

When Life Gives You Lemons

For this reason, Limoncello has become a lovely liqueur enjoyed in many other ways.

Limoncello is a liqueur, making it extremely versatile in use. This liqueur is made to enjoy. Don’t just drink it… eat it too. Use it in your cookie dough or cake batter, drizzle it over your ice-cream or infuse your summer cocktails.

When Life Gives You Lemons

Limoncello is widely available at most of our liquor stores, but we are on holiday and Covid19 is still around so let us skip the outing to the store and make our very own.

How to make Limoncello When Life Gives You Lemons


  • 10 Organic / unwaxed lemons
  • 750ml Vodka
  • 1 – 4 Cups of Sugar (to taste)


  1. Peel your lemons, try to only remove the outer yellow skin. Remember to trim away as much of the pith of the lemon as possible.
  2. Put your lemon peels in a bottle or jar of choice and cover them with vodka. Screw-on lid tightly.
  3. Allow the lemon rind to infuse in the vodka. Keep this bottle out of direct sunlight. Keep stored out of the sun for 4 days, tilting the bottle each day to ensure mixing takes place.
  4. Use a coffee filter to strain the vodka.
  5. Prepare sugar syrup with 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar (Bring water to a boil and stir in sugar till it has dissolved, then let it cool down)
  6. Mix the syrup into the Limoncello (add extra syrup according to taste – follow the same step as above for more syrup).
  7. Chill and Store

Limoncello is best served cold. You can keep it in your fridge for up to a month and in the freezer for up to a year.

Go ahead and infuse your December holiday with some of the best flavours around and remember when life gives you lemons… you make Limoncello!

Written by Kelbi Nel, BLOSS Brand Ambassador

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When Life Gives You Lemons

Kelbi Nell

Luxury Editor

Kelbi is a total bibliophile and will literally read almost anything. The perfect reading scenario for her would be on a comfy couch in front of a fire with an amazing glass of wine. When she is not reading she is studying towards a degree in criminology. Other than that, she thoroughly enjoys spending time with friends and family and probably like any other Capetonian exploring one of our many wine farms.

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