Homemade Limoncello

Homemade Limoncello! Plus FREE labels to package these up for a sweet gift!

When my brother was a senior in high school he packed his bags and boarded a plane to Rome with my mom. When they returned they brought back stories of the friendly locals, photos of the landmarks, and a bottle of limoncello. At this point in time, I was still too young to drink so I was only offered a quick sip. It didn’t make a huge impression on me back then, but over the years I still hear people rave about this lemon infused drink.

Homemade Limoncello! Plus FREE labels to package these up for a sweet gift!

Instead of buying a bottle at the store, I thought it would be interesting to make a small batch at home. The recipe is rather simple, you just have to have patience. The lemon peels need to sit in the vodka for 10 days, but the wait is worth it in the end.

Homemade Limoncello! Plus FREE labels to package these up for a sweet gift!

Limoncello is both tart and sweet. No wonder this is a popular drink! It’s smooth enough to enjoy on its own, but would be delicious with a splash of club soda and lemon wedge.

If you want to package up a jar to give a friend, download these free Limoncello labels!

Limoncello

Ingredients:

  • 3 Meyer lemons
  • 200 ml vodka
  • 1 C. Sugar
  • 3/4 C. Water

Recipe:

  • Scrub the lemons clean and peel off the yellow skins from the white (bitter) pith
  • Sanitize a mason jar by placing it in boiling water for 10 minutes
  • Let the mason jar cool to room temperature
  • Fill the mason jar with the lemon peel and vodka
  • Seal and set in a cool place for 10 days, gently shaking each day
  • For the syrup, combine the sugar in water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil
  • Once the sugar has been dissolved take off the burner and let cool to room temperature
  • Strain out the lemon peel from the vodka and mix with the simple syrup
  • Seal in mason jars and store in the refrigerator
  • *This makes enough limoncello for two 8oz mason jars. Feel free to double the recipe to make a larger batch.

What beverages have you discovered while traveling? I would love to hear about them in the comments!

Wildflower Place Setting

Wildflower Place Setting. Perfect for a spring party or Easter dinner!

Guys, we made it! It is finally spring! While it might be a few weeks before I can pack my winter coat away, the hope of warmer weather is enough to make me giddy.

Wildflower Place Setting. Perfect for a spring party or Easter dinner!

I love spring since it is the season of rebirth. The birds start chirping and flower buds peek out of the ground, promising beautiful blooms are to come. I’ve always been a lover of wildflowers (see my wedding bouquet for confirmation!) and I wanted to share the joy of flowers with place settings!

Wildflower Place Setting. Perfect for a spring party or Easter dinner!

Wildflower Place Setting:

  • Fill a mini envelope (3×2 inches) with wildflower seeds & seal shut
  • Print out the wildflower place setting file and trim to size
  • Glue paper onto the front of the envelope & let dry
  • Once dry, write down a guest’s name on the front

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Straw Flags

FREE Printable St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Drink Flags!

This year Ian and I will be celebrating a low-key St. Patrick’s day. We had toyed around with the idea of traveling to Chicago last weekend (I’ve yet to see the river green!) but decided to save our hotel points and opted to stay home to watch House of Cards. #priorites

FREE Printable St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Drink Flags!

I look forward the little holidays scattered throughout the year since they generate a sense of excitement. Even if you don’t throw a huge party, you can infuse elements into your routine that remind you it’s not a mundane day – it’s a holiday!

FREE Printable St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Drink Flags!

These shamrock straw flags are the perfect example. What once was a boring straw is now a festive drink flag! Place them in your beverage of choice and enjoy!

Download the FREE St.Patrick’s Day Shamrock Straw Flags here.

Directions:

  • Print out the St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Straw Flag file and cut along the black lines.
  • Wrap a flag around a straw and secure with a glue stick.
  • Repeat.