A lemony sip that pays homage to dusk in the eternal city.


Credit: Jennifer Causey

"On my first date with Rachael, I learned that her mother (who was there, along with a handful of other friends and relatives) has a predilection for limoncello, so much so that I anointed her "Mamacello." I figured making it homemade was a skill worth cultivating, so I researched and practiced, and as it turns out, it's a lot easier than it sounds— and it's a fun way to impress your friends and family (and, of course, your mother-in-law). I store it in those bottles with the flip-top ceramic caps and give it as gifts. Just be sure to keep some for yourself and mix up a Roman Sunset."—John Cusimano

This recipe originally appeared in our Fall 2021 issue. Get the magazine here


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Instructions Checklist
  • Place lemon peel and vodka in a large airtight container and let steep, undisturbed, in a cool, dark place for 5 to 7 days. Strain vodka into a new container. Place sugar and water in a medium pot over medium-high heat; heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool completely. Strain vodka mixture into a clean, large airtight container, discarding lemon peels. Stir in simple syrup until combined. Cover and store in the refrigerator.