i have a healthy obsession with limoncello. well i think so anyway.
so i decided to try a more ‘traditional’ recipe this time; mainly to see if like all westernised misappropriations – the traditional was in fact way better.
the limoncello recipe i had been using was what i would now describe as ‘quick & nasty’.
the more traditional take on limoncello, is what i would describe as, ‘an art’.
the 1st recipe took 3 days days make. the traditional, takes nearly a month.
so the first part of the process involved zesting 20 odd lemons & soaking them in 90+proof vodka. we had some vodka made up for us but it wasn’t 90 proof. geez, i can barely do 15% lol. ours was a 50 proof, which i think is still adequate.
ohhh, & the soaking process takes 2 weeks.
that’s right, 2 weeks!
so this is what i started with:
after 2 weeks the aroma of the lemon zest in the vodka was quite pungent. which was kinda surprising cos the vodka smelt like gas fumes for the most part lol!
so, i ended up with a tinge of yellow to the vodka: which i suspect would have be brighter, had i used the italian lemons that were suggested. but short of taking a quick trip to italy, our lemon tree was going to have to suffice ;)
next came the straining, which i decided to do old school styles.
i didn’t want to waste any of the vodka / lemon goodness, so strained it through a mesh food cover that used to be my nans … not sure she would’ve approved, but oh well ;)
while that was doing its thing, i made the syrup, which was water & a shitload of sugar … more sugar, i might add, than i am accustomed too!!
after the syrup has been boiled & then cooled, its added to the vodka & lemon mixture & mixed together well.
once mixed, the goodness is bottled … yass!!!!
this time they were bottled into freezer safe bottles cos the last part of the limoncello process, requires these puppies to sit in the freezer for 2 weeks.
thats right, another 2 weeks!!
& thats where they are at the moment. they’ve got another week to go.
i, of course, put aside a ‘taste test’ bottle, just to make sure that everything was kosher … & i am happy to report that this limoncello is the best i have made so far!!
i know … my skills just blow myself away sometimes ;)
i’m a happy camper @ present lol
ps: my measurements & scales are shit but if you google ‘traditional limoncello recipe’, that’ll see you right ;)
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