Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Last Minute Limoncello Liqueur

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If you want to make a last minute present, try this quick and easy version of Limoncello. You can adjust the alcoholic strength and sweetness, by adding more or less sugar and water to make the syrup.
  • 1½ cups vodka
  • 3-4 unwaxed lemons
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
Gently heat the water and sugar together until dissolved and bring to the boil for 1 minute to make a syrup. 
Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Wash the lemons, then peel the zest with a potato peeler, or zester taking care to peel thinly and avoid the white pith.
Put the zest in a large clean, sterilised jam jar.
Pour the vodka over the zest.
Add the cooled sugar syrup, put the lid on the jar and shake to mix.
Allow to steep for a few days (or up to a week for a stronger lemon flavour). 
Strain through a sieve, coffee filter paper or a piece of muslin, bottle and label.

Alternatives: To make lemon/fruit flavoured vodka, omit the sugar and water.
Change the fruits and spirits used to make different liqueurs - use orange zest and brandy to make Triple Sec, cherries and brandy to make Cherry Brandy etc.

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1 comment:

  1. Great idea, if you're stuck for a last minute gift.

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