Continuing the blog theme of cooking with fruit … I am currently in the process of making my own limoncello, both to use as an ingredient in cocktails at home and to bottle to give away as Christmas presents.
Limoncello has always been one of my favourite liqueurs – it’s a lovely, lemon infused spirit, which is Italian in origin and can be used in lots of ways. I love it as a drink and my mum uses it to make an absolutely delicious blueberry and lemon tart (I’ll post the recipe here if enough people ask me to!).
I decided to have a go at making it myself after I had trouble finding it in the supermarket – “how hard can it be?” I thought. And sure enough, it is quite straightforward; you just need time and patience.
Taking a Very Sharp Peeler, all you do is zest about a dozen lemons and then leave the peelings to marinate in vodka for as long as possible. I set mine to infuse on November 5th and the jars pictured here are now sitting peacefully in a dark cupboard, allowing alcohol and alchemy to turn them into limoncello. In about a week’s time, I will strain the liquid and then complete the process outlined here to add sugar syrup and bottle the resulting sunshiney liqueur.
So, any guests who visit us after Christmas – ask to try my home made limoncello. As we say in Ireland: slainte!