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Limoncello! [Dec. 9th, 2010|11:23 am]
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A word that seems to demand an exclamation mark. Made some last night for Christmas, using the mighty Sarah Raven's recipe, below:
This is quick and easy to make – it will take about 10 minutes – but then needs to be left for a couple of weeks at least before you drink it. Then the lemon zest and lemon grass really infuse the vodka to give a delicious sharp but rich taste.
Makes 750ml bottle

8 unwaxed lemons
2 lemon grass stems
700ml bottle of good quality vodka
220g caster sugar

Zest the lemons and crush the lemon grass and put them into a large sterilised kilner or preserving jar and pour over the vodka.

Put the sugar into a saucepan with 350ml water, bring to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Leave the syrup to cool, then add it to the lemon zest mixture.

Seal the preserving jar and leave for a couple of weeks in a cupboard, shaking and turning every so often. Then strain the limoncello into bottles. This is best served ice cold, straight from the freezer.


Now, doesn't that sound the dog's? The kitchen smells fantastic. Limoncello!
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[User Picture]From: tinimaus
2010-12-09 02:07 pm (UTC)

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I'm surprised it still wants sterilising if you are pouring vodka over it. Could you not just slush the voddie around in the jar a bit first and then bung the rest in?

Sounds tasty, though.
[User Picture]From: lamentables
2010-12-09 03:01 pm (UTC)

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That was my very first thought.
Followed swiftly by 'mmmmmm...lemon...vodka...Ocado order'
[User Picture]From: yea_mon
2010-12-09 02:34 pm (UTC)

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Sounds...intriguing!
[User Picture]From: tinman0
2010-12-12 09:49 pm (UTC)

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needs to be left for a couple of weeks at least before you drink it

better yet do why my missus did and forget that you left it maturing under the stairs and only find it six months later

great stuff, and if you can resist drinking it all straight away, it's lovely on ice cream