Champagne Thursday: Love a lot a lemons... limoncello
Oh yeah, Champagne Thursdays are back!
See, I told you they would be. This is going to be a trend. A boozy, giggly, trend.
I think the problem is, I just want you to join me in sneaking rum into your smoothies, or baileys in your coffee, or limoncello over your raspberry sorbet. It's nice to do it with other people, then you're not the weird girl.
I know this one isn't going to be ready in minutes. There's no instant gratification here & for that I'm sorry. I was trying to make a desperate attempt to capture what was left of summer before Autumn sneaks up & overcomes us before we even know what's happened.
Do this now, & come mid October as the leaves are turning & the afternoon breeze still has a hint of warmth, pour yourself a glass & have it with friends. You'll remember the last grasps of summer & smile.
Mmmmm, home-made limoncello. It would even make a nice Christmas gift you know... now there's a thought.
Ingredients: - 750ml (3 cups) vodka - 10 lemons, zest only - 660g (3 cups) sugar - 1.25lt (5 cups) water
Directions: 1. grate the zest from the lemons, be very careful to only get the outer layer of yellow & not any of the white pith (it's very bitter). Put the zest into the vodka & let it sit in a cool, dark place for 6 weeks. 2. after the 6 week period of letting the vodka soak, you can begin stage two. Combine the water & sugar in a pot & bring to a boil, allow to boil continuously for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat & allow to cool. 3. strain the zest from the vodka before adding the vodka to the cooled sugar syrup. Bottle in your desired vessels & stick in the fridge to chill ready & waiting for when you want to enjoy a sip.
WARNING: making limoncello usually calls for a grain alcohol. For those of you with a severe gluten intolerance or celiac's disease, this is a "no no". I used a potato vodka to create my own version. I strongly suggest that if you choose to recreate this, do your research & pick a brand of vodka that is 100% gluten-free.
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