Saturday, April 23, 2011

April 23, 2011: Homemade Limoncello Recipe

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This recipe is courtesy of my brother-in-law, Daniel. We visited with him at the end of last month and he gave me a taste of this fantastic liqueur he’d made himself. Of course, I had to ask him for the recipe.

Limoncello is an Italian beverage. I’ve tried the stuff sold in the grocery store and frankly, it’s just not lemony enough and a bit too much on the sweet side for me. Daniel’s recipe, however, is just perfect. And it’s a wonderful, spring-like beverage perfect to enjoy chilled on a warm day.

Caution: It doesn’t take much for this liqueur to go to your head so sip it slowly from a small glass!

Limoncello

750 ml bottle of high quality vodka
750 ml bottle everclear
20 lemons
4 cups water
4 cups sugar

Mix the two liquors in a large jar.

Carefully remove the peel from the lemons (use a potato peeler), avoiding the white pith. Add the lemon peel to the jar with the liquors. Place it in a dark place, such as a cupboard for four weeks.

When the four weeks is up, remove the jar. Make a simple syrup by boiling the water and sugar together, then cooling. When cool, add the simple syrup to the liquor jar. Strain and pour the mixture into small bottles. The excess can be stored in the freezer.

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