Tuesday, August 6, 2013

DIY Limoncello

Confession: I've never indulged in tasting Limoncello but I knew from my sister-in-law that it was "really yummy"... with her birthday quickly approaching and understanding that she didn't need a "new toaster", I opted to try my hand at making some for her:)

Organic Lemons
Large Jars

1. Zest 10-12 lemons, avoiding the white pith which turns bitter- see end of post for suggestion on using the zested lemons.
2. Combine 4 cups vodka with the zest.  Seal in a glass jar and store in a cool, dark place for one week.
TIP: Agitate every few days

Here is the completion of stage 1...

4. Combine 3 cups sugar with 3 cups of water in a medium saucepan and heat over medium until sugar dissolves completely- allow to cool to room temperature.
5. Combine simple syrup with vodka/zest preparation, again storing in air tight jars in a cool, dark place for an additional week.
TIP: agitate every few days.

6. Strain the Limoncello through cheesecloth & then through a paper coffee filter- I used a handy dandy funnel to hold up the coffee filter & it worked great!

Homemade Limoncello can be stored in the fridge in an air tight bottle/jar for 1 month or in the freezer for 3 months.

Did I get a decent picture of the finished product?  No...but here it is included with other gifts, complete with my hand stamped tag that turned out really nice:)

Limoncello would be a great addition for "smart dinner parties" as well as sipping with pungent fromage platters & viewing "Over the Teacups":)


And once those lemons are zested, don't throw your lemons away!  Juice them and freeze in an ice cube tray for future cooking or baking- I plan to use these to make lemonade for Jonah's birthday:)

 Thanks for looking,

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