Homemade Limoncello by Joe D.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

When life gives you lemons, make booze. Lemonade is for 6 year-olds trying to make baseball card money. Find my friend Joe's recipe for seriously delicious Italian liqueur after the jump.

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As a fan of the famed Italian liqueur and a self-admitted lemon obsessive, this recipe was right up my alley. It's also well timed, as a friend has upcoming nuptials and I'd like to give him a gift that is both homemade and a sign of my condolences. What better idea than one of his personal favorite high alcohol drinks. I found this very commonly used recipe on the Internet, and do not claim it as my own. I'm sure your wonderful Italian grandmother, or "Noni", would find many issues with it, but like jailhouse hooch (only with better results), it works. This recipe can be adapted for any quantity or patience level.

I tend to have a lot of lemons sitting around, being a big fan of Chicken Piccata and other acidic recipes. More often than not, you end up throwing away the rinds of lemons after using the fresh juice. This recipe is a great way to use the entire lemon, if composting comes as a challenge to you as an urban dweller or another reason (I'm sure Alex has an answer to this). Finding yourself with plain vodka sitting around isn't all too uncommon either, so you can use it for this recipe. If you have only regular proof vodka, reevaluate your alcohol priorities, and then just age for a bit longer than this recipe calls for.

Ingredients
1 bottle of 100-151 proof vodka or grain
5 organic lemons (no wax and much happier trees)
1 cu water
1 cu sugar

Active Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Time: About 3-5 weeks

Procedure
Use a sharp peeler to obtain yellow strips from all 5 lemons. Try your best to not get any of the bitter lemon pith (white part) on the peels, that stuff doesn't taste any good. If you have a difficult time with your fine motor skills like me, use a sharp knife to scrape off any other remaining pith from the peels. Transfer the alcohol to a larger vessel, and add all the peels. Set aside, and let it age at room temperature for 2-4 weeks. When the peels have lost all their color, you're ready for the next step.

allgrains.blogspot.com - Limoncello - When life gives you lemons, make booze. Lemonade is for 6 year-olds trying to make baseball card money. Find my friend Joe's recipe for seriously delicious Italian liqueur after the jump. allgrains.blogspot.com - Limoncello - When life gives you lemons, make booze. Lemonade is for 6 year-olds trying to make baseball card money. Find my friend Joe's recipe for seriously delicious Italian liqueur after the jump.

Combine 1/2 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar into a small saucepan and heat until dissolved. Take off the stove and add 1/2 cup chilled water. Let it come to room temperature. Strain out the vodka from the lemon peels, using a cheese cloth and fine-mesh strainer to get rid of particles big and small. Combine with the simple syrup, and bottle up. Age one more week; like most alcohols, this only gets better with a little bit of time. Put in the freezer and drink at your leisure!

- Joe D.


Update: If you liked this recipe try my version of this delicious citrus booze with oranges too!

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