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Silvia's Limoncello recipe

Limoncello is a classic end of the meal little drink in Italy. A delicious pallet cleanser and wonderful roundoff. The trick with this is the lemon rind; the clear flavour of citrus is in the rind where the citrus oils are, this is why in our Lemon flavoured olive oil we crush the whole lemon in the process, to get a full, pure flavour. So when making this, try to avoid the pith (the white part) under this which is bitter, and get as much of that pure lemon flavour as possible. 

In Italy, pure alcohol is available at the supermarkets which is what should be used when making Limoncello. But as this can be hard to find elsewhere, vodka works well also.

This makes a great home made gift for people at Christmas or really any time, and it a great treat to have at home. Keep it in the freezer as the Italians do to serve ice cold!


Recipe

Ingredients

  • Lemons – 6 unwaxed
  • Vodka, or white spirit – 500ml/17 fl oz
  • Sugar – 200g/7 oz
  • Water – 200ml/7 fl oz
Lemons – 6 unwaxed Vodka, or white spirit – 500ml/17 fl oz Sugar – 200g/7 oz Water – 200ml/7 fl oz

Method

Take six organic unwaxed lemons, don’t wash them, but just wipe them with a wet cloth. Peel off the zest with a potato peeler and be careful not to include the pith – the white part, which would make the limoncello too bitter. Leave the lemon zest for ten days in the vodka in a dark place. After ten days, melt the sugar in the water on a low heat, take it off the stove and then mix it with the alcohol and lemon. Wait for it to cool thoroughly, then filter the resulting liquid. You can use a coffee filter for this. Store in the freezer and drink ice-cold.