Limoncello, part 2!

3 Jul

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while… my computer is (temporarily) not working so it’s been hard to post. Expect an onslaught once it’s back!

Anyway, welcome to step two of making limoncello! Assuming you’ve already completed step one, you can now take your lemon booze and make it something delicious (and actually drinkable!).

Step One

Step Three

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This recipe is assuming that you followed my step one, and are left with lemon peels in grain alcohol that has been sitting for about 6 or 7 weeks. Long story short, you’re going to mix this with simple syrup to make it something drinkable. You’ll need a funnel, some bottles, water and sugar.

So we started with a handle (1.75 liters of alcohol), and added the rind of a bunch of lemons, right? We let it sit for a while, until the alcohol was bright yellow and the rind becomes so brittle that it cannot bend anymore, it just snaps. That’s how we know it’s ready!

Let’s start step two making a simple syrup. Note: this amounts are specific to the volume of alcohol we used, if you are using more or less it is important to scale up or down, respectively. Heat 8 cups of water in large pot until it is just about at a boil. At this point, turn the heat off, and add 5 cups of sugar. Stir until dissolved. Let cool so you can handle it.

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(Not a very interesting picture, I know)

As you’re waiting for the water to cool, take a minute and sanitize your bottles and funnel. We have a sanitation powder we mix with hot water that Nick uses in brewing, so I just used some of that. I didn’t know if our funnel could stand boiling water… but that’s always an option.

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The next step is to get all those rinds out of there – I poured the lemon mix into a large bowl using a colander to remove as many of the big pieces as possible.  Add the sugar water and stir very, very well, until everything is entirely mixed. If your funnel has a filter, that’s great, but if not use a coffee filter in there and filter/funnel the booze into bottles. Some people like to filter it several times… but I am partially too lazy and partially too impatient for that. Warning: this will take longer than expected so be ready to wait for a while! You may need to change/clean the filter out a few times during the process.

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Once the bottles are full, throw them in the freezer and wait for step three!

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