Limoncello

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Be sure you’re using grain alcohol or 100 proof vodka – vodka does have a flavor which alters your limoncello, and also keeps this from completing freezing when stored.

 

Ingredients:

15 lemons (organic if possible)

2 (750 ml) bottles 100 proof vodka

 

Simple syrup:

4 cups sugar

5 cups water

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Method:

1.    Wash the lemons with a vegetable brush and hot water to remove any reside of pesticides or wax;  pat the lemons dry.  Carefully zest the lemons with a zester or vegetable peeler so there is no white pith on the peel.  Use only the outer part of the rind.  The pith, the white part underneath the rind, is too bitter and would spoil your limoncello.

2.    In a large glass jar (1 gallon jar with lid), add vodka.  Add the lemon zest as it is zested.  Cover the jar and let sit at room temperature for at least 10 days and up to 40 days in a cool, dark place.  The longer the mixture rests, the better the end taste will be.  There is no need to stir, only wait.  As the limoncello sits, the vodka slowly take on the flavor and rich yellow color of the lemon zest.

3.    In a large saucepan, combine the sugar and water;  bring to a gentle boil and let boil, approximately 5 to 7 minutes.  Remove from heat and let the syrup cool before adding it to the limoncello mixture.  Add cooled sugar mixture to the limoncello mixture.  Cover jar and allow to rest for another 10 to 40 days.

4.    After the rest period, strain the limoncello, discarding the lemon zest.  Pour strained limoncello in bottle(s) and seal tightly.  Keep your bottle(s) in the freezer until ready to serve.  Serve ice cold from the freezer.

 

Prep Time:  20 minutes

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Author: Tamzin

Food activist and childhood nutrition advocate Tamzin Cochrane helps the busiest of people to cook up something healthy and delicious, even after a long day. She also helps companies and schools educate around—and create a culture and environment that truly supports healthy eating. Decades in the foodservice and hospitality industry have given Tamzin a well-rounded perspective on mealtime. She is passionate about bringing back the lost art of families and friends cooking together, and she loves seeing people enjoy the amazing tastes and textures of their communal effort. Inspiring children to cook and expand there horizons on food is very important. She shares this message through virtual coaching and video courses, by speaking at corporations, schools, and events, and through her recently-released video courses. Tamzin is found most often at The Pinny and Trowel Cooking School, which she opened in early 2020, it is located in Austin TX. Tamzin was born in England, grew up in Scotland, and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband (who incidentally, is Scottish but grew up in England) and their children.

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