Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thirsty Thrursday... Homemade Limoncello

I have been obsessed with Limoncello since the first time I saw the movie Under the Tuscan Sun.
Then Rachael Ray was always talking about how her Mom loves it.
I just had to try it.
I was so excited the first time I found it.
It was rather expensive , but I had to have it.
It was VERY syrupy and not very lemony, not at all what it looked like in the movie.
Then I stumbled upon this recipe while stalking reading one of my favorite blogs A Beach Cottage.

First you wash 10 lemons.
 I got lucky one day and found a bag of 10 at Walmart for $2.50.
Mine were not organic, so I soaked them for a bit in water, then scrubbed them really well.

Then I peeled them all.
How you do this is up to you.
 You just want to get the peel not the white pith ( that would make it bitter).
I used a ridiculously expensive veggie peeler I bought from my niece when she was trying to make money in college.
(I really do try to be a good aunt...)
I tried a paring knife first , but I felt I was getting to much of the white.
Evidentally , my knives are all dull ....

Put all the lemon peel in a glass jar  that you can seal and cover with 3 cups of vodka.
Again , your choice of brand.
I used cheap stuff.

You will be left with a bunch of naked lemons.
I made lemonade with mine.
My family LOVES fresh squeezed lemonade.
I've also read ( at A Beach Cottage, I think ) that you can slice and freeze them.
I have not tried this, but it sounds like a great idea.

Let the lemons and vodka sit for a week or a little longer.
This makes the best lemon vodka EVER !
Anywhoo.... (again)

Once they have steeped long enough and you are ready to make your limoncello,
put 3 cups of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Turn the heat down and add 3 cups of sugar.
Stir until the sugar is dissolved and becomes a thin syrup.

Strain the vodka into a bowl.

Add the simple syrup.

I stirred mine gently together with a whisk.
Then I poured it into recycled wine bottles ( I always seem to have plenty , hmm..)
Now I don't have a funnel and I thought it would pour just fine from my bowl.
I was wrong.
And I did not want to waste one drop.
I put the wine bottles in the sauce pan I had used to make the syrup to catch any wayward drops.

Worked like a charm.

I ended up with the 3 full bottles and a small amount in a fourth bottle.
Now, you must let it sit for a few days to age.
I know, I know , this is the most difficult.
But really , you must.

Here is the original recipe from A Beach Cottage.

Beach Cottage Limoncello
10 lemons (unwaxed & organic are best)
3 1/2  cups white sugar ( I'm not sure why, as the instructions call for just 3 cups)
3 cups water
3 cups vodka

You really should check out this blog.
I never miss it.
There is something about looking at her beach when we are in the dead of winter that just sooths me.
Plus she ( Sarah ) is HILARIOUS !

You can drink your limoncello straight , on the rocks, very cold.
I like to mix an once with an ounce of sweet tea vodka and an ounce of sour.
Shake well, and serve in a martini glass.
the possibilities are endless!

Warning - it is very sweet, if you don't care for sweet, sugary cocktails, but love lemon like I do,
just do the first step.
It's like lemon vodka sun tea !
I will defiantly have some on hand at the river this summer !

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  1. I have always wanted to try this. I always see it on the Food Network, especially Giada - whom I adore and would stalk if I could. But I was always afraid to spend the $$ and it not be good. I do not like very sweet things, so I was just unsure, but I love LEMON anything!!

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  5. Yes I made the Limoncello. (followed A beach cottage recipe) I haven't tasted it yet. I made it a while ago and it should be well and truly matured. I think that because I used raw sugar (Limoncello is a funny colour) that I can't bring myself to taste it.
    Good luck with yours.


  6. I love lemon anything and this really sounds good. I am your newest follower. Please drop by sometime for a read. Richard from My Old Historic House.

  7. Wonderful recipe - but life is too short for the cheap vodka! Get the good stuff. I like Seagram's Extra Smooth - it lives up to the title. (They don't pay me to say that. I'm just Polish on my mom's side, and vodka is an Eastern European point of pride.)

  8. Popped over from Silo Hill Farm. This looks great. I will definitely have to give it a try.


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