part two in the limoncello adventure is upon us. After a painful 4 week wait, I took the limoncello out, strained out the lemon peel, adding the simple syrup(sugar dissolved in water) ...and voila! Its good. so easy. so good. I did a 2/1 simple syrup, ' 2 parts water, one part sugar, then added that 1/1 to the limoncello. I actually found it a bit sweet, so experiment as you go along, to get it to your own personal taste. After you add the syrup, put the jar back in the closet (I know, this part was hard for me too) for another week, then you're good. you'll be the envy of all your friends. I'm going to be at the makers faire ( that's right, fair with an E! all that much cooler) at the end of may, in the "homegrown village" giving a demonstration of this a couple other homemade items. come check it out!
There seem to be two schools of thought on homemade limoncello.
1. The " spend 2 hours of your life painstakingly peeling the skin off 20 lemons, (and just the skin, avoiding the white pith, which makes the drink bitter), and soak them in the liquor." This seems likely to end in a bitter hatred of ever making limoncello again, as well as carpal tunnel
2. Wrap the lemons in twine, and hang them above the alcohol.
Seems obvious which one to choose. Although I took a bit from both camps, peeling one lemon and putting the peel into the jar. I figure you cant have too much lemon. An added bonus of the hanging method is that you have this cool trapeze hanging lemon contraption around the house to look at.
So this is how to do it.
What you need:
-lemons (preferably foraged from a friends backyard, mine came courtesy of Asiya Wadud and John Collins)
-Vodka or everclear (which is much harder to come by foraged, although one of my friends has been talking about making a still, so maybe the next batch)
-A jar with a sealable lid big enough for the liquor with a good amount of headroom
-String or twine ( I wouldn't use anything made of plastic, because it seems like the fumes might eat through it...and that's just nasty)
- 1-3 cups granulated sugar
-2 cups water
1. Pour liquor into jar
2. Use a veggie peeler to take the skin off one lemon, being sure not to get any of the white pith. Like I said, this is easier said than done, but its only one lemon so doesn't take long.
3. Throw peels into alcohol.
4. Hang the lemons. This is the hard part. You need to devise a way to wrap the lemons up in twine in such a way that they will hang and not fall into the liquor. The second option is to buy cheesecloth and hang them in that, but I like the aesthetic of the lemons hanging.
6. Close the jar and wrap the excess string around the top of the jar. Again, making sure the lemons are not touching the liquor, and tape the seal closed.
7. Leave for a month in a dark place, during which time the fumes from the liquor will suck the essence from the lemon, which I think is pretty cool.
8. We'll talk about that on feb 20....
full disclosure: I would like to give credit where credit is due, I used recipes from foodtv.ca as well as patty.vox.com to create this wonderful beverage.