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 !
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 !