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REC: Limoncello, if you like anything Italian, lemons, vodka or all of them...
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Posted to Thread #2138 at 11:19 pm on May 31, 2006
finally getting my old recipes out of the other place and found this post. enjoy!
My friends in Italy used to talk about limoncello. It's basicallya liquor served, well chilled, in the summer months and often home made.
15 lemons, well scrubbed
2 750ml 100 proof vodka or eau de vie
4 cups sugar
5 cups water
you will need two rather large glass jars or simply split the recipe as I did.
carefully zest the lemons so there is no white pith on the peel. place one bottle of vodka in a jar and add the peel as it is zested.
Let sit for at least ten days and up to 40 days in a cool dark place. the longer rest is recommended.
combine the sugar and water and bring to a boil
and cook for about 5 minutes until thickened and allow to cool.
add to the limoncello mixture along with the other bottle of vodka and allow to rest for another 10 to 40 days.
Strain and bottle, keeping one in the freezer for use.
my notes: after 10 days of just peel and vodka, we decided to taste it and laddled some over ice. It was simply amazing. The taste is rich and refreshing and that batch never made it to stage two! nor have any since. If you are looking for a "better than any commercial lemon vodka" I highly recommend this but don't use the 100 proof, it will get you! Cheap vodka works just fine and is ellevated to levels you never would think cheap stuff could go. This is now a freezer staple in our house in the summer months. It's wonderful as a palate cleanser or after dinner. it's also a treat on hot summer nights, before or after dinner.
If you go the whole nine yards you don't have to add all the syrup if you prefer something less sweet. I've never added the sugar syrup.
whatever you choose, it is certainly worth the effort. You can use the lemon juice for cooking or sorbet's.
viva Italia cucina!
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Other messages in this thread:
- 2138. REC: Limoncello, if you like anything Italian, lemons, vodka or all of them... - Randi - 11:19pm on 05/31/06 (16)
- Oh, add the sugar syrup. It's an entirely different drink. I have done it both ways-- - Durward - 10:59am on 06/01/06
- Gretchen, Please post recipe for cheesecake. TIA nt [NT] - Misplaced in AZ - 12:09pm on 06/01/06
- I second the request, it sounds lovely for summer! Thanks Gretchen [NT] - Susie_MI - 12:11pm on 06/01/06
- Luckily it is among the recipes that hasn't "corrupted" for some reason. - Durward - 1:41pm on 06/01/06
- Thank you Gretchen. Going to make Limoncello next week, then (m) - Misplaced in AZ - 12:10am on 06/02/06
- hi Gretchen, I've never heard of powdered zest, is it a local product?.... - Randi - 3:14pm on 06/01/06
- "Powdered" zest is what I refer to when you use a microplane.It is very fine - Durward - 3:30pm on 06/01/06
- thanks for the explanation :-) [NT] - Randi - 4:54pm on 06/01/06
- Word of warning...make ABSOLUTELY sure the lemon peels do not have ... - MarilynFL - 4:17pm on 06/01/06
- good grief Marilyn, that musta been devestating! $100 down the drain, eeek.... - Randi - 4:53pm on 06/01/06
- Scrub scrub scrub the lemons to get any stuff of any kind off of them. [NT] - Durward - 5:08pm on 06/01/06
- Does it taste differently than the purchased version? I think it's pretty yummy. [NT] - Curious1 - 4:25pm on 06/01/06
- why not make a half gallon and compare? my kinda taste testing :-)) [NT] - Randi - 4:55pm on 06/01/06
- Info on Italian purchased versus the homemade version - Richard in Cincy - 5:39pm on 06/01/06
- Thanks Richard, I have two bottles, one brought from Italy and one bought locally, both are good. If - Curious1 - 9:02pm on 06/01/06
- Homemde vs. bought limoncello - aajay - 5:13pm on 06/04/06