Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Making your own Limoncello

Making your own Limoncello

I am sure just about everyone who has traveled to Italy was o>ered limoncello at some point or other during the trip. This delightful lemon- flavored drink is a custom born in southern Italy, but now limoncello has crossed into not only all of Italy, but also across the world.  You can  now  make  limoncello   easily  at  home no  need  to  travel and   this  recipe  also  works  well  with  oranges. Limoncello is best served cold. Keep a bottle  in the freezer for your guests.

makes 1½  quarts peel of 15 lemons
750-milliliter bottle of vodka
3½ cups water
2½ cups sugar                                                                                                                                  

Wash and pat dry the lemons. U se a vegetable peeler to zest them, making sure to omit the white pith. (The pith would make the limoncello bitter.)
Stir the lemon peels into the vodka in a glass jar. Cover, and keep in a cool, dark place for 30 days. (There is no need to stir or mix the liquid.) When it is ready, the liquid will smell strongly of lemon rinds and be a deep-yellow color.
Bring water and sugar to a boil and boil for 5 to 7 minutes; let cool.
Add sugar syrup to the vodka and lemon zest, stir, and let rest for an additional 30 days, to let the flavors further mellow and blend with the sugar syrup.
Strain the limoncello through a moistened cheesecloth or co>ee <lters. Discard the lemon zest, pour the strained limoncello into your choice of bottle, and seal tightly.

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