Christmas Gifts: Limoncello
We’re now officially in December so it’s time to start thinking about presents people. Why not make some delicious homemade limoncello? You’ll need at least 10 days for it to sit and let the lemons infuse so get your skates on. My dad LOVES limoncello and has been harping on about how his mates have made their own. Dad – you were my inspirations and this now proves that I do listen to you!
Decorate the bottles up with some ribbon, a small Christmas decoration or a little tag and it’s the perfect homemade gift.
Deliciously Lemony Limoncello
750ml litres 100 Proof Grain Vodka – Smirnoff is fine
10 washed organic lemons – peeled
3 cups water
2 1/4 cups sugar
1. Wash and dry the lemons and remove the peels with a vegetable peeler; careful to only peel the rind and not the pith (the white portion). Place the lemon peels into a large sterilised glass container with an wide mouth & an airtight lid. Pour the alcohol on top & seal with lid. Keep the container in a cool dry dark place. Shake it once a day for approximately 10 days.
2. On the 11th day, make a simple sugar syrup by boiling the water and sugar and stirring often until well combined. Take off of heat and let it cool completely.
3. Remove the lemon peels from your jar and discard. Strain the liquid with a sieve or coffee filter into the sugar syrup. Pour the lemoncello into sterilised bottles and leave them at least once month before consuming.
Note – I found my limoncello had some sediments that sat on the top. I was a little worried that I hadn’t sterilised the bottles properly but I read up on it and found that this is quite normal. Chill and shake before serving over ice.