Seated in the ancient paved Italian courtyard, heated by the summer sunshine, shaded by the branches of the lemon tree, relaxed and deep in your own thoughts . . . well, not quite, but this beautiful Lemon liqueur is easy to make, impressive to serve, and makes a great gift. Try it and see.
Wash four unwaxed lemons and then pare the zest into thin strips.
Place in a large clean jar with 11/2 cups vodka. Seal jar tightly, and shake the contents frequently over the next two weeks.
Mix 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water, heat together just enough to dissolve sugar. Leave until cold. Squeeze the juice from four more lemons and add to the cold sugar syrup. Strain the vodka from the lemon zest onto the syrup mixture, mix together well and then bottle in our magnificent Italian bottles! Serve very cold in small glasses!