Kitchen Witch Steph's Note:
Looks like it takes some effort to make but gosh does this sound good! This came from a blogger named Patty on the vox site. Sounds like she knows what she is talking about. Her recommendations: Use only the best lemons, ones whose skins give off a lemon sent and smell heavenly. A neighborhood lemon tree is ideal. If not, go organic. Also, make a large batch as it will go quickly once friends get a taste. Makes great gifts. I am posting this for ZWT4 per a teammates request.
My Private Note
Units: US | Metric
- 1PART ONE (two weeks minimum, 2-3 months best).
- 2Wash and dry the lemons. Only use the ones without blemished peels or pare off any spots and the stems, ends.
- 3Remove the peel from the lemons with a sharp peeler or fine grater, carefully avoiding the bitter white pith. If any white pith remains on the back of a strip of peel, scrape it off. If you get any of the white part in the batch, the limoncello will be bitter and you don't want that!
- 4Put the peels in a glass jar and add the vodka about two inches below the top and seal tightly.
- 5Leave the jar to steep in a cool, dark place until the peels lose their color, at least 2 weeks. 2-3 months gives the best flavor
- 6Every couple of weeks swirl the peels around in the jar to mix up the oils in the alcohol.
- 7PART TWO (two weeks).
- 8Put the water and sugar in a saucepan, stir and slowly boil until it turns clear. Let the syrup cool.
- 9Put the cooled syrup in the jar with the lemons (you might have to divide the batch into two jars at this point, depending on the size of your jar).
- 10Put the jars back in the closet for at least two weeks. Longer is fine too.
- 11PART THREE (one week).
- 12Strain out the lemon peels through a coffee filter or cheesecloth and pour the limoncello into another container.
- 13Press down to remove all the vodka and oils that you can from the peels before tossing them in the trash.
- 14Stir the liquid with a clean plastic or wooden spoon.
- 15Put the liqueur in clean bottles, seal tightly and leave the finished bottles for at least 1 week before using.
- 16For best flavor and drinking it straight, store the limoncello in the freezer. It shouldn't freeze because of how much alcohol is in it and it's wonderful ice cold.
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Nutritional Facts for Limoncello
Serving Size: 1 (53 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 68
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 75.6
- Calories from Fat 0
- Total Fat 0.0 g
- Saturated Fat 0.0 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 1.2 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 8.4 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
- Sugars 5.8 g
- Protein 0.2 g