|Like I said, big fan!|
|A little throwback to the younger years. Still the best Daddy a girl could have!|
I started doing my research, some recipes were calling for grain alcohol and vodka, some just called for just grain alcohol, some just called for vodka. One thing that did remain consistent was try to use organic lemons if possible and avoid getting pith (the white stuff in between the peel and the lemon fruit) in it because that will make it bitter. Some said to use a veggie peeler, some said use a microplane zester. But the long and short of it was you use lemon peel, alcohol, and simple syrup to make this little concoction. The catch is that its a lengthy process (up to 7 weeks!).
At first I set about my limoncello journey thinking I would have to use the vodka recipe as I was under the guise that Everclear could not be purchased in Ohio. I went to Kroger (which also has a liquor store inside of it, hello awesome!) for my supplies (lemons and vodka). As I was perusing the vodka I look up to a complete surprise on the top shelf: Everclear! This shortened my original vodka process by 3 weeks! I was just giddy, thinking of how I could package it up as gifts for the holidays! But then I checked myself a little and decided I should just experiment first so before I give to others I'll have it mastered!
- 10 organic lemons
- 1 bottle (750mL) high proof alcohol (Everclear or you can use a high proof vodka, try for anything higher than 100 proof)
- 3 c. water
- 2 c. sugar
- you'll need a large sealable jar, as well as some bottles to put the finished product in!
Three weeks later it should look like this.
It turns out it's a good thing I didn't give these as gifts. It ended up being some pretty high test stuff! Although the sweetness was spot on and the lemon flavor was great there was still too much of an after burn and not enough smoothness for my tastes. Daddy and Chris said it was fine for sipping but I didn't much care for it. I imagine it would be good in a lemon drop martini or limoncello lemonade. So it's back to the test kitchen for me!
Hope you enjoy this cocktail creation! Tonight Chris and I are seeing a Cirque show with friends, this is a first for me so I'm very excited! Next I'll share a great pork tenderloin recipe we tried last weekend along with some crafts I made!