Sunday, May 8, 2011
You said I must eat so many lemons: Limoncello.
I made this limoncello for a friends birthday. I was really late with the present, but with something as nice as this, I'm sure he won't mind. It was pretty simple, really. Just zest all the lemons, juice them, put them in a pan with some sugar and water, simmer, mix it with some vodka, bottle it all up. See? How easy was that! If you want to impress your friends, def make this. I've already decided that I need to make this again for some people who's birthday's are coming up.
From 'Gifts from the kitchen' by Annie Rigg
5-6 unwaxed lemons, washed
250g caster sugar
700ml bottle of vodka
Zest the lemons. I just used a vegetable peeler for this.
Juice all the lemons, and set the juice aside.
In a small pan, mix the water, sugar and zest.
Set over medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved.
Reduce heat and simmer for 15 mins.
Add the lemon juice and simmer for another 5 mins.
Set aside to cool.
Pour the vodka into a large sterilised* jar (The jar needs to be big enough to hold the vodka and the lemon syrup).
Add the lemon syrup, zest and all, and give it a good shake.
Leave in a cool, dry, dark place for a week. Shake the jar every day.
Strain the liquid into a pretty bottle. If you're going to put the liquid back into the bottle that the vodka came in, there will be a bit left over. Feel free to keep this for yourself.
*Sterilise your jar by washing it in hot soapy water, and then setting in a 200C oven for 20 mins, on a shelf covered with newspaper. Take the jar out and leave to cool before pouring the liquid in. (Remember, cold liquid in a hot jar equals cracked jar.)