Prep 168 hrs
Cook 20 mins
Limoncello is a traditional Italian digestif. This version, blended with milk, is best served very well chilled. You will also need cheesecloth and a couple of bottles for the finished product. Recipe is by Garrett McCord, who writes the Vanilla Garlic blog.
- Zest the lemons using a lemon zester or the fine groove side of a grater. Place the zest and the Everclear in a container and allow to infuse in a dark, cool place for a week. (If you can't find Everclear, a very good-quality vodka can be used.) After a week has passed strain the liquid through the cheesecloth into a very large glass, stainless steel, or ceramic bowl.
- In a large stockpot or sauce pan, warm the milk, sugar, and vanilla bean seeds and pod over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature (this will take a few hours). Discard the vanilla bean and strain the mixture through the cheesecloth.
- Combine the Everclear infusion with the sweet milk and stir together. Pass through a colander lined with cheesecloth to catch any solids. Funnel into bottles and store in the freezer. Be sure to leave room in the bottles for the mixture to expand if it freezes to avoid an explosion. Use within six months. Serve small amounts in chilled glasses.