Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Limoncello (Organic, Italian Lemon Liquor)

Step 1
8-10 Organic Lemons.   Organic lemons tend to have thick skin with lots of oils.  Clean and dry your lemons.  In a bowl peel the skins away. Save your lemons for juice for another recipe.  You can extract the juice and freeze. You will not need any juice for this recipe. All the flavor comes from the peels.    Set aside your bowl of peelings.
1 large clean and sanitized mason jar (one liter size)
1 liter of Everclear or 100 proof vodka.  Everclear works best.  However due to laws in various states, the product isn't always available.  Do not be afraid of alcohol content as your end result will be diluted and your proof will drop considerably.
Place your lemon peels in a mason jar. Pour you everclear into your jar and close the lid tightly so no air can get in.
Place your jar in a cool/ dry place for approx 7 days.  By the end of your 7 days your jar may look a bit cloudy.  Your peels will look almost freeze dried.. Do not worry as this is a normal process of the oils being extracted from your peels.
Step 2
2 cups sugar
1 liter of spring water
On your stovetop prepare your sugar syrup.  Whisking gently combine until your sugar is dissolved and your water is clear.  Set aside to cool for one hour.
Step 3
 Add your sugar syrup to your mason jar with your peels.   Let sit 5 more days.
 Step 4
One large bowl covered with a strainer
For this process, you wlil need to strain your lemon liquid into your bowl.     This will ensure any debris that has been extracted from your lemon peels doesn't end up in your limoncello.
 Carefully pour your Limoncello into your bottle with tight  fitting lid.  At this point if you have used 100 proof vodka, you must refrigerate.  The product can no be kept in the freezer.  Your addition of sugar syrup will reduce your alcohol content.
If you have used Everclear, you may place in the freezer since your end result is above 85 proof.   Which ever way, keep cool before serving.
Pour into  chilled shot glasses~ garnish with lemon mint.

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