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Homemade Limoncello

Homemade Limoncello

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Limoncello is an Italian drink that exemplifies something that I love about Italy…the tradition of lingering over a meal and drawing it out in as many ways as possible while enjoying the company of whoever you’re with. Limoncello is a cordial that I saw on every restaurant menu when I was in Rome…a ‘digestivo’ intended to be sipped slowly after you’ve finished your tiramisu, panna cotta or cannoli.

So, when Nathan suggested we try making limoncello I was all for it and had visions of enjoying limoncello after dinner on our balcony during the summer months to come. I had no idea it would be so easy though! Limoncello is made from lemon zest steeped in vodka until the oil from the lemon zest  is released. The resulting yellow liquid is then mixed with simple syrup…that’s it! It came out tasting like the limoncello I remember drinking in Rome…very sweet, very lemony and very strong. If you’re looking for ways to bring the ‘bella vita’ home try making this tasty drink!

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Limoncello:

Ingredients:

Zest of 10 lemons
750ml bottle of 100 proof vodka
750ml of simple syrup

Directions:

1. Zest the lemons being careful not to include any of the white pith (this will make your limoncello bitter).
2. Pour vodka into a large sealable container (we used a ball jar) with the lemon zest and seal. Let rest for two weeks shaking once every day.
3. After two weeks the vodka should be yellow and the lemon zest should be white. When this happens, strain the lemon zest out of the vodka.
4. Make 750ml of simple syrup by boiling equal parts sugar and water on your stove until the sugar is dissolved. Add simple syrup to the lemon infused vodka slowly until, tasting as you go, until you have reached your desired level of sweetness. Most recipes call for equal parts simple syrup to infused vodka but like things a little less sweet so we ended up using about 500ml of the simple syrup.
5. You now have limoncello! Enjoy!

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The Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned

We’ve been talking about making this classic cocktail for a long time. It’s one of those drinks that just seems like it should part of every home bartender’s arsenal…probably because it’s one of America’s oldest cocktails (as it’s name suggests.) Like most classic cocktails it has very few ingredients (whiskey, bitters, and a bit ofContinue Reading

The Cosmo

The Cosmo

An unexpected positive side effect of Nathan’s martini experimentations was that it inspired me to create another iconic Vodka based beverage…the classic Cosmo. While Nathan was busy with his vermouth, olives, gin and vodka I was being industrious with my cranberry juice, lime juice, and Triple Sec. I guess that’s why the Cosmo has gottenContinue Reading

The Dark and Stormy

The Dark and Stormy

This cocktail has been about three months in the making. Back in November we were looking for a winter ‘staple’ cocktail and were intrigued by the name and ingredients of the classic ‘Dark and Stormy’. The name of this drink pretty much sums up the winter we’ve had, right? However, when we made it backContinue Reading

Whiskey Sour

Whiskey Sour

The weekend just doesn’t feel right to us without at least one leisurely happy hour involving a margarita or mojito and a game of scrabble (yeah, yeah, we know we’re dorks). As we’ve mentioned many times, these summery cocktails are our top favorite mixed beverages and we love the limey tartness and slightly sweet refreshmentContinue Reading