Sunday, December 15, 2013

Limoncello

I love the holidays. I love the lights, decorating trees, and the smell of fresh cider in the farmers markets. There's something about this time of year that just makes everything seem....better, even if you are far away from home.

My family was never really into the whole gift-giving idea. For us, the holidays were more about spending time with each other. Honestly, I probably didn't enjoy this nearly as much I should have growing up, but now that I'm older, I really appreciate that my parents tried to instill this in me at an early age (thanks, guys!).  I've tried to bring this tradition with me throughout the years and now try I give my friends and neighbors DIY gifts (as if I needed an excuse to make something). 

This year has been pretty crazy with working and Jason literally buried under exams. Enter limoncello. I had a laundry list of things I wanted to make but I didn't have time to be running to a ton of stores or to be in my kitchen all weekend long. Limoncello was the perfect solution. Within minutes the vodka was ready and after a few days of infusing I had the perfect gift to take to my girls weekend, with plenty left over to sample (you know, quality control and all). 

Limoncello adapted from Martha Stewart
  • 9 Lemons, organic if possible
  • 150 ml 100 proof vodka
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups sugar

Wash and dry lemons well very well. Using a vegetable peeler, strip off the zest. Reserve the lemons for another use. Put the lemon zest and the vodka in an airtight container- store in a dark area for 2 days and up to 1 week (I infused mine for 6 days). 

Combine sugar and water and bring to a boil. Let cool. Using a fine sieve, strain out the lemon zest from the vodka and discard. Mix the cooled sugar mixture with the vodka and store in the refrigerator for at least one day. For best results, store in the freezer. 

                                                   

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