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Some suggestion. Since you are using only the outer skin of the lemon look for organic lemons that have not been treated with nasty stuff. Look for lemon varieties that have a thick skin and are high in essential oils. Try peeling thin strips with a potato peeler. A zester will prematurely release the oils in the skin. Try to avoid the pith (white part) as this is what causes bitterness. Also try an alternative sweetener such as agave instead of refined sugar for a warmer palate feel. This recipe will create a Limoncello that is a little low in alcohol over traditional Limoncello. If you are using Vodka (40% 80 proof) the final alcohol will be less that 20% instead of 30-35%. It will freeze at this proof. A higher proof alcohol will extract out the oils and color faster. We love Limoncello so much we started a company in Sonoma to produce it commercially. Salute!
This recipe makes: limoncello or a lemon flavored vodka. Don't be expecting a mixed drink or something sweet because it is not. It should be used just like any liqueur to basically make mixed drinks. Allrecipes has 5-6 recipes to use limoncello in under the advanced search button. It tried a couple and it was fine that way. I made it just as is but cut the recipe in half. It ended up as 4 lemons peeled. I used a potato peeler as suggested by the first reviewer. That same person is also right (make sure to not get any of the white part of the rind. It is bitter). The rest or half the recipe equaled to 17.5 oz of vodka 17.5 oz water and 2 1/4 cups of sugar. I let it sit 3 days as suggested. I only had vanilla vodka so I used that. I also found today it tastes good mixed in some 100% cranberry-pomengranite juice. I may also try it in some sparkling lemonade as someone suggested. I just wish I would have known in advance that this was not sweet. It was a lot of work to just make a lemon infused vodka. Interesting to learn though.
This is delicious! The few changes I made were use a 1.75 litre of Vodka. I couldn't get very nice slices of the Lemon peel without the white part so I zested the rest. I also added the juice from the lemons(I didn't want to waste it) And thought it would add even more lemon flavor. Instead of just adding the water & sugar to the Lemon/Vodka mixture I added about 4 cups sugar to 4 cups water and made simple syrup(equal parts water and sugar cooked to dissolve the sugar cooled it & added it to the lemon/Vodka mixture. I plan on bottling this in mason jars and giving to a few friends for Christmas! Thank you for a easy recipe!!