• Limoncello 101

    Pick about 15 lemons from a tree untreated with pesticides. If you don’t have a zester, get one!

    To start, you need a big jar, 10 lemons, 1 bottle vodka or
    15 lemons, 2 bottles of vodka

    Zest into a pile, put it in the jar. (Save the lemons to juice later)

    Dump the vodka over the lemons and put a lid on it. Leave it for about a month. If you don’t own a month timer, just time the limoncello to a certain cycle, and I bet you’ll be motivated to finish the steps! Place it somewhere cool and dark like your heart. Or, wrap a fabric cozy around it as if it were a fussy Chihuahua in winter. Speaking of Chihuahua’s, they just aren’t found in nature so you have to treat them like small children. Don’t leave them outside.

    I think this would be best with Meyer Lemons. Actually, plant a Meyer lemon and buy lemons each year until it is ready. If you can’t plant a lemon, make friends with someone who has. Better yet, juice the lemons for them, make lemonade and invite them over for lemonade and cookies. If you are more of a self sustaining gardener type, juice the lemons and pour them into ice cube trays. Freeze, thaw those suckers later on for summer drinks.

    4 cups granulated sugar
    5 cups water (filtered tap water or distilled water)
    Boil the water, add the sugar, stir, cool.

    Place the jar in a dark, undisturbed place and fogetaboutit for another month. If you are in menopause or early Alzheimer’s, make sure to note the next Limoncello step on your calendar. Another idea is to include your spouse or friends. The spouse never forgets what you do, so including him is a lot like writing it down. If you do this with your friends, make sure to plan a giant tasting party. Make sure you use different types of vodkas or Everclear. Make sure nobody puts the photos on the internet. That would be dreadful.

    Jesse with her jugs
    Strain the liquid through a coffee filter. That’s right. Use one of those cone filters or a basket filter. Do it again! It’s that easy! Hopefully, by this level in your adult life you will have saved some bottles! If not, go buy some! You will need little cute bottles for your Limoncello. Store the bottles in the freezer. Make sure to label the bottles for your tasting party!

    I like Limoncello and sparkling water together! Mmmmmmm so fabulous! My most recent batch has rosehips and Meyer lemon. I haven’t tasted it yet! I can hardly wait!

    • Not dreadful at all! Now we need Limoncello 201 – the drinking of the batch! THOSE photos could prove to be dreadful. If it’s a good batch. 😀

      • Judy N

      • March 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm
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      Oh Limoncello! I was introduced to it by my daughter who was on her year abroad. We drank it overlooking the Thames.

      • Jesse

      • March 25, 2012 at 6:10 pm
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      I got winded walking to the back yard, so I won’t be taste testing any time soon, but when I can. WE’RE gonna have Limoncello!
      I tasted it in Italy, and then again by an extraordinary Italian baker in SLO. Mmmmm

    • So adventurous.

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