Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Homemade Limoncello - A Piece of Italy
I've been wanting to make this for some time now! There's nothing better than sipping some ice cold limoncello when the weather is pushing the 100 degree mark. Of course, I wouldn't refuse a nice glass of limoncello in the dead of Winter! Take a sip, close your eyes, feel the ocean breeze and imagine yourself on the Italian coast!
I used a fellow blogger's guidelines from her blog, La Buona Cucina, but, as customary for me, I switched it up a bit. I used vanilla infused vodka, so it's not "real authentic" Italian limoncello, but it sure tastes great! My next batch (with more variations) will be before Christmas instead of traditional homemade amaretto.
10 organic lemons (use a vegetable peeler for nice strips)
1 bottle (750 ml) of vodka (I put mostly vanilla vodka and then the rest regular)
about 3 1/2 cups water
about 2 1/2 cups sugar
Put the lemon strips and vodka in a large sealable glass container. Seal or cover and let it "rest" or steep for 10 to 45 days or longer. I'm sure longer is better ,but I got anxious to try it! When your "decided time" is over, mix the sugar and water in a saucepan and let the sugar dissolve. Cool completely, then pour the mix over the steeped lemon/vodka mixture. Reseal and let it sit overnight at room temp. Strain the lemon peels out and transfer your homemade limoncello into decorative bottles. It can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer (upright). Molto bene!