Limoncello

Lets make some alcohol Ya’ll!!  Got your attention didn’t I?  If you’ve never had Limoncello or as some call it Lemoncello then you are missing out.  This is a delicious sipping liquor that is sweet with a hint of citrus.  Limoncello

Limoncello is super easy to make the only downside is waiting for it infuse all of those beautiful citrus flavors into the alcohol.  If your patient or good at forgetting about things than this recipe is perfect for you.  If you make it soon it will be ready just in time for Easter and trust me you will not want to miss the recipe I’m going to share with you before Easter that will use some of this amazing limoncello!  Our project will take about 90 days from start to finish.

I got the idea to make this wonderful limoncello from a friend of mine Eva.  She is getting married this summer and we were talking about favors for the guests when we decided this would make the perfect favor for the guests.  So the research began on the process of making limoncello!  Let me just say “researching” aka taste testing was a pretty hard job and I’m sure glad I didn’t have to pass that burden off on someone else 😉

Ingredients:

1.5 L  bottle of vodka (you can use whatever brand you want price doesn’t make too much of a difference as we are going to add tons of sugar)

1.5 L bottle of Everclear (if you can’t find this just use a second bottle of vodka, the Everclear just prevents the limoncello from getting ice crystals if you put it in the freezer)

20 Lemons (organic is preferred)

Supplies:

Large glass container with lid (I found one at the local grocery for $6.00)

potato peeler

Get started by throughly washing and drying all of your lemons.  If you are unable to purchase organic ones I would recommend using a fruit/vegetable wash on them.  Next using the potato peeler, peel the lemons removing just the top layer avoiding the pith (white part).  There is bound to be a bit of the pith; however you want to avoid it as much as possible because it causes the cello to become bitter.

Lemon Peel

Once you have all of the lemons peeled place the peels into the sterilized glass container (I ran mine through the dishwasher with the heat dry to ensure all the germs were gone).

Lemon Peels

Pour all of the vodka and Everclear over the lemon peels.  Next place a piece of plastic wrap over the opening of the container then place the lid.  Swirl the container around to ensure that all of the peels are mixed with the alcohol.  Place the jar in a cool dark place like your basement or the pantry.  Whew! that was rough!  Now we wait…..and wait… and wait some more.  About once a week just swirl the jar to mix things up a bit then we wait until we get to 40 days.

Limoncello

*** You can make a smaller batch of this just decrease the alcohol and decrease the lemons.  I also tried doing half the batch using lemons and half the batch using oranges.  This can be made gluten-free if you are using a potato vodka also most research says that even normal vodka is gluten-free due to the distillation process most people who are gluten sensitive are having a reaction to the cross contamination while its being distilled.

My Orangecello Batch

My Orangecello Batch

Limoncello
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Serves: 20
 
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 1.5 L bottle of vodka (you can use whatever brand you want price doesn't make too much of a difference as we are going to add tons of sugar)
  • 1.5 L bottle of Everclear (if you can't find this just use a second bottle of vodka, the Everclear just prevents the limoncello from getting ice crystals if you put it in the freezer)
  • 20 Lemons (organic is preferred)
  • Supplies:
  • Large glass container with lid (I found one at the local grocery for $6.00)
  • potato peeler
Instructions
  1. Get started by throughly washing and drying all of your lemons. If you are unable to purchase organic ones I would recommend using a fruit/vegetable wash on them.
  2. Next using the potato peeler, peel the lemons removing just the top layer avoiding the pith (white part). There is bound to be a bit of the pith; however you want to avoid it as much as possible because it causes the cello to become bitter.
  3. Once you have all of the lemons peeled place the peels into the sterilized glass container (I ran mine through the dishwasher with the heat dry to ensure all the germs were gone).
  4. Pour all of the vodka and Everclear over the lemon peels. Next place a piece of plastic wrap over the opening of the container then place the lid. Swirl the container around to ensure that all of the peels are mixed with the alcohol.
  5. Place the jar in a cool dark place like your basement or the pantry. Whew! that was rough! Now we wait…..and wait… and wait some more. About once a week just swirl the jar to mix things up a bit then we wait until we get to 40 days.
  6. *** You can make a smaller batch of this just decrease the alcohol and decrease the lemons. I also tried doing half the batch using lemons and half the batch using oranges. This can be made gluten-free if you are using a potato vodka also most research says that even normal vodka is gluten-free due to the distillation process most people who are gluten sensitive are having a reaction to the cross contamination while its being distilled.

 

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