Thursday, August 10, 2006

Limoncello

10 lemons worth of peels makes for something beautiful, summery, and yellow. And letting those beautiful peels flavor vodka for a couple of weeks is truly worth the wait.
We saw Giada make this on the food network last year, and she charmed us right into it. It is delicious ice cold in a highball glass in your backyard. Do you have a porch swing or a hammock? Any comfortable chair will do, but go ahead and pull it under your umbrella. It's hot outside.

Limoncello

10-12 lemons
1 (750-ml) bottle vodka
3 1/2 c water
2 1/2 c superfine sugar

Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from the lemons in long strips (reserve the lemons). Using a small sharp knife, trim away the white pith from the lemon peels; discard the pith. Place the lemon peels in a 2-quart pitcher. Pour the vodka over the peels and cover with plastic wrap. Steep the lemon peels in the vodka for 4 days (or longer) at room temperature.

After four days, stir the water and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Cool completely. Pour the sugar syrup over the vodka mixture. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight. Strain the limoncello through a mesh strainer, discard the peels, and transfer the limoncello to bottles. Seal the bottles and refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours and up to 1 month.

5 comments:

mamagotcha said...

good lord, do you really do the peeling/trimming thing with every inch of peels? what about using a zester... wouldn't that give you the same thing?

Sara said...

we've done it with both the peeler and the zester, and it seems like the zesting TAKES longer, but the peeling and trimming seemed to take quite a while, too. it's six of one, a half dozen of the other...
the zesting, however, is much prettier.

Anonymous said...

Molto excellente. But recommend using ‘un-wax’ lemons.

mamagotcha said...

ok, thanks. i think i'll try the zesting, just because i'm sort of a klutz and less likely to damage myself with my zester. mmm, can't wait to try it... we love lemon drop martinis around here, and this sounds like all the best parts of those, plus it's cold and waiting for you when you get home! thanks and keep up the great writing... have you tried Ten Cup on 59th (near Holmes, i think)? my stompin' grounds...

Sara said...

Ten Cup?? What a great name.
That's a new one...I'll have to try it out this week!
Thanks much!