I don't know why I make Limoncello and other fruit flavored liqueur. I hardly drink alcohol and forget I have them to enjoy once in a while. This batch is almost 3 years old and it's time to check if it has aged enough. I ended up diluting it with mint-infused sugar syrup and freshly squeezed lemon juice. I like it. Sweet, tart, and refreshing with a hint of mint.
2½ cups water
½ cup sugar, or more to taste
zest from 1 lemon
¼ cup chopped fresh mint leaves
1/3 to ½ cup fresh lemon juice
¾ cup limoncello
thinly sliced lemons
fresh mint leaves
- Heat water and sugar until sugar has melted; add lemon zest and boil for 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat; let cool for 15 minutes then add mint leaves. Let steep for 1 to 2 hours.
- Strain into a 4-cup measuring glass bowl. Stir in lemon juice and limoncello. Pour into a 32-ounce bottle.
- To serve: place some ice cubes in a tall glass, pour limoncello lemonade 1½ inches off the top of glass. Add sparkling water, stir gently. Garnish with a lemon slice and mint leaves.