Wednesday, April 28

Homemade Limoncello - A Refreshing Buzz

Limoncello - ahh that means warm summer days in Italy are here!
After Jason returned from the market the other day with 2 crates overflowing with bright yellow fragrant Sicilian lemons - we knew we had some work to do! Now I can' really cook to save my life - but somehow I've picked up the knack of making booze! So that is my contribution to the table - after dinner drinks. Limoncello is one of the easiest liquors to make with only a few ingredients. Like most Italian recipes, they vary all over Italy - especially on the length you soak the lemon rinds to the amount of sugar - so have fun with it & keep tasting it as you go! As the alcohol absorbs the flavors from the peel you will notice it turn to a beautiful golden yellow.
We used over 60 large lemons & yielded over 15 liters of limoncello!


Note: In Italy pure alcohol is found at the hardware store! (Isn't that hysterical!) In case you cannot find it at your local Home Depot - you may use pure Vodka or Everclear.

Limoncello Recipe
Rinds of 6-7 lemons (no whites)
1/2 liter of pure alcohol
1 liter of water
500 gr. sugar

Let the lemon rinds soak in alcohol for 10 days
Filter the lemon rinds.
Make a simple syrup with the sugar & water (warming the water on the stove & incorporating all the sugar).
Combine the simple syrup with the alcohol & mix.
Bottle & freeze.
Serve cold!

So easy you can make it while holding a baby!

15 comments :

  1. A baby. You and Jason have been busy since we saw you in October :)
    Will

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  2. This looks fabulous and easy. Just don't mix those bottles up, Ashley!

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  3. Yums! One of my favorite Italian sippin' beverages... besides your homemade nocino, that is! We may have to try to make some lemoncello ourselves, tho I doubt it'll be as fabulous as what we had in Italy. :)

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  4. Do you have similar recipe sans alcohol? I'd love to make something like this, but can't handle the liquor. It looks so lovely in those glass bottles!

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  5. OK - side note: not our baby! That is Lily - the sweetest chubbiest little tot I know, our dear friends Luke & Monica from Seattle came to visit & we just feel in love with her! (PS BIG thanks to Monica for peeling all those lemons!)

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  7. Whee! Had me surprised there for a moment! Baby or no baby, save some lemoncello for us in November. Right, Russ? LOL. Anyone want to join us in November? Big cooking party guaranteed!

    Harold

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  8. Thanks for the recipe! Now, where do I get that 1 1/2 Liter of Pure Alcohol in Pennsylvania?

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  10. That looks fantastic!! Makes my mouth water... plus, what a bonus that you can do it while holding a baby!!! Haha, must try it one day (the limoncello that is...):)

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  11. I love lemon, and I'm sure this is delicious.

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  12. That looks amazing! It's easy to forget that so many delicious things are fairly simple to make at home. You used beautiful bottles for it, too. A fabulous post all around!

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  13. I promise to try this recipe out one day! I already wrote it down ;)

    Indeed I was wondering where I could find pure alcohol in italy :D (thanks for the tip) That would be the hardest to find :D

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  14. fantastic! just had the real deal in Bologna, Italy last week!!

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