Thursday, December 13, 2007

Limoncello Recipe

For some time now I've wanted to make the Italian liqueur known as Limoncello or Lemoncello. Now is that good time since our Ponderosa lemons are ripe and ready to be picked.

The drink gained national notoriety some time back when Danny DeVito appeared on the TV show, The View, visibly showing signs of having consumed his fair share of the freezer cold delight following a late night out with pal George Clooney. Interestingly enough,
DeVito now produces and bottles his own premium brand of Limoncello from an estate of lemon trees on Italy's Sorrento peninsula.

I'll be sure to post an occasional update on how things are "distilling".

Limoncello Recipe

15 thick-skinned lemons
2 bottles (750 ml) 100-proof vodka
4 1/2 cups granulated sugar
5 cups water

Wash the lemons in hot water before you start. Remove the peel with a vegetable peeler, removing all white pith on the back of the peel by scraping with a knife, and put the peels into a 4-quart Mason jar.

Add 1 bottle of vodka and stir. Cover the jar, date it, and put it to rest in a dark cabinet at room temperature.

After 40 days, take out the vodka-lemon mixture. In a saucepan set over high heat, stir the sugar and water together and boil for 5 minutes. Let the sugar syrup cool completely in the pan, about 10 minutes. Add the sugar syrup to the vodka-lemon mixture along with the second bottle of vodka. Stir well to combine. Replace the cover on the jar and note the finish date. Return it to the dark cabinet and store for 40 more days.

At day 80, remove the limoncello from the cabinet. Strain the mixture and discard the lemon peel.

Pour into clean, unused bottles with caps or decorative corked bottles. Store the bottles in the pantry, but put one bottle at a time in the freezer until ready for use.

Makes approximately 3 quarts.


Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

Sounds good..
Have a Great Evening..

Sophia's Mama said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!! let us know how it turns out. This is our favorite drink and we have always wanted to try nand make it..... Yummy.........

rubyiscoming said...

OH MY - how FUNNY! I just got my friend's recipe for Limoncello last Friday - I'm making it and rubs (a Tandoori and a Chimichurri dry rub) for "homemade" gifts this year!

We truly are too much alike :)


Donna & Joe said...

Huh, sounds pretty darn good and fairly easy to make. I didn't realize it look so long to distill it, but God knows we seem to have all the time in the world these days! It's not like we are busy spending time with our little ones or something like that. Whoops, I guess I'm sounding pretty bitter right now...I think you caught me on a bad "waiting" day.

Keep us posted on how this turns out.

Donna :)