So, as I’m sure you have figured out, I have created homemade liqueurs. So far I have made Amaretto, Kahlua, and Limoncello. This weekend, I’ll be using the recipe below to create Homemade Lime-cello and Orange-cello. They’ll be ready in about a month.
Everyone knows that you can make homemade Limoncello but few people realize how simple it is. It requires a few necessary homemade tools for anyone who loves the kitchen.
A Microplane Grater
A good set of pots and pans
An empty liquor bottle
Seriously, though, if you read this blog and or work with citrus regularly when cooking you need a microplane grater. It’s one of the best inventions ever. Let me repeat this. It’s one of the best inventions ever. I can zest a lemon or lime in 30-60 seconds with getting the white pith from the fruit. It’s amazing. Go buy this if you do not own one.
One 750 mL bottle of unflavored Vodka
1.5 cups of simple syrup
Rind the lemons using a microplane grater. Pour the lemon rind into the bottle of vodka. Let sit for 2 weeks swirling the bottle daily.
After 2 weeks strain the lemon rind out of the bottle. Add 1 and 1/2 cups of simple syrup to the strained vodka. Stir. Pour the new mixtures back into the bottles. Let sit for another 2 weeks. Drink and enjoy.
This recipe made about 1 L to 1.25 L
This is a great weekend project. It’s little effort with great results.
I have a fond memory of limoncello. It was the first liqueur I ever drank, and more importantly, the first I ever drank with ceremony. Unlike some of the other drinking that I had done in the past, I knew what I was drinking was special. It was made at home and imported from Italy. I was living with Chris Renner then, and the bottle was in the freezer. He pulled out the bottle from the freezer, and poured it into a cordial glass. We went outside, sat on the patio, as he told me about the drink and drinking it Italy. For those of you who have never Limoncello, it’s a very sensory experience.
That was my first experience with Limoncello. I have to admit the batch is tasty, and I’ve gotten some great drink recipes (to follow) out of it. It terms of taste and scent, the recipe smelled and tasted exactly like what I remembered.
However, the sense of extraordinary was gone. It no longer seemed as special, which made me a little sad.
One 750 mL bottle of vodka: $12.00
6 lemons: $4.20
Simple Syrup: Free (seriously, you should have water and sugar in your house, and this negligible ingredient in terms of cost with cocktails)
Total Cost: $16.20
Try it this weekend. And, as always, happy and safe drinking.