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Homemade Gift Idea: Limoncello

Looking for a gift idea that's impressive and easy to make at home. Try limoncello—it's like "Italian sunshine in a bottle"
vignette with glass jug of homemade limoncello, stemmed glasses of limoncello on a tray, sliced lemons, white flowers, a canister of sugar, and a small blue-and-white porcelain vessel
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“One of the most fun things about the holidays is giving little luxuries or something homemade to friends. I’m not super crafty but limoncello is easy to make—it’s like tasting Italian sunshine in a bottle,” says Karen Carroll, Flower magazine editor-at-large. She uses a tried-and-true recipe from Giada De Laurentiis. All you need are four simple ingredients: lemons, vodka, water, and sugar. Package your homemade limoncello in small bottles for holiday gift-giving.

Bottles of limoncello pictured with a Perfect Pair ornament from Houses & Parties, an Arcade lacquer tray by Jonathan Adler, and cookies by The Rounds. Styling by Amanda Smith Fowler. Photo by David Hillegas

See more gift ideas featured in Flower magazine’s November/December 2021 issue, available on newsstands November 2.

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November December 2021 cover of Flower magazine featuring a Christmas tree and mantel decorated with a garland and potted amaryllis flowers in the blue-and-white living room of Tina Yaraghi, founder of The Enchanted Home