I’ve had this in mind for some time, but not got around to experimenting. I did brew up a batch of Lemon Gin at the end of last year, and that’s busy maturing in the boot of the car, but won’t be ready before the end of 2012 so I was keen to try something with a slightly faster turnaround.
One of the issues with ‘real’ Limoncello is the need for pure grain alcohol – something which you just can’t legitimately get your hand on in the UK. Based on my research, I’ve come up with a recipe based on an Italian original, tweaked to take account of this problem. The original recipe used pure grain alcohol which was eventually diluted with a sugar syrup after the brew had a chance to mature. I’m using a slightly different approach which should hopefully achieve a similar outcome & alcohol content. Only time will tell…
- grated zest of 5 Lemons (unwaxed) – no white pith!
- 1 litre Vodka (37.5° ABV, e.g., Smirnoff Red Label)
- 430g Sugar
- Into a Kilner jar, add all of the ingredients and shake well
- Store in a dark place for a month
- For the first week shake daily to dissolve the sugar. Then shake twice a week
- After 1 month, filter off the lemon zest through a muslin, sieve or coffee filter
- Bottle up into sterilized bottles and store in the freezer
- The Limoncello is ready for drinking immediately, straight from the freezer!
How easy is that? Surely it must be worth a try!