We made Limoncello!

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Lemons make us happy. When we were babies we would happily munch on lemons while in our high chairs and we remember crying when someone took them away. When we got older we loved nothing more than listening to our Nanna tell us stories from her youth, where she would run around her garden at home in Italy and pick the lemons, lemon's as big as our heads. And, you can bet we have grown up sipping on Limoncello. There was, and is, always a bottle in the cupboard at Nanna and Grandad's house, so when in Rome...



The most amazing Limoncello we have ever tasted was when our Auntie Angela bought homemade Limoncello back from Italy that our Aunties had made. Oh my goodness, it was divine. It was rich, sweet and silky smooth and incredibly refreshing. We'd never made it ourselves, until now, because we thought it must be complicated or tricky to do. We couldn't have been more wrong. Making notes from the Limoncello tea towel that Nanna gave us that bares the recipe, a few weeks ago we set to work on making Limoncello for the very first time. You know there were plenty of squeals involved during the entire process.

Ingredients:

2 Lemons
100ml Vodka*
100ml Water
1/4lb of Sugar

What to do:

Pour Vodka into a glass jar. 

Wash Lemons thoroughly. Peel the rind from both Lemons and place into Vodka. Be careful not to get any of the white pith of the rind, this will make the Limoncello bitter.

Place lid on Jar or cover securely with cling film. 

Leave for a week or longer. The longer you leave it, the more the Lemons will infuse into the Vodka. 

In a saucepan, dissolve the sugar into the water. Mix and leave to cool slightly for 10 minutes. 

Pour your sugar and water mixture into your Vodka. Then filter it into a bottle. 

Keep refrigerated. Limoncello is served best molto freddo! :)  

*We used 40% proof but some recipes call for stronger. In our opinion, this Limoncello taste great and we liked that it wasn't too strong.


You might have a few impatient moments where you really just want to see if your Limoncello is ready but we assure you the wait is worth it. The smell when you mix it all together is heavenly and the thrill you get when you realize you have just made your own Limoncello is rather wonderful. Be sure to chill it before you taste it and then keep that delicious elixir in your freezer for those warm Summer nights.

What's your favourite Italian Liquor?

Don't forget to download our Limoncello recipe for a delicious Summer treat.


Have a happy day.

Love



10 comments :

  1. In these things you are more Italian than me haha I've never made limoncello!! I'm sorry if I don't have time to comment but I'm so busy with my full time job but as you know I always see your posts ;) hehe

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    1. Haha, thank you Aisha! We're really enjoying learning new recipes that we'd never tried up until now. No need to apologies but thank you for always reading our posts. We hope the new job is going great! :)
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  2. I am a sucker for lemons! I've never tried this drink, but as it's vodka and lemons, I think I'll try it out during summer! :) Tania Michele xx

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    1. We are too, lemons are our favourite! :) Let us know if you do! We would love to see! xx

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  3. I love lemons, too! Thanks for the recipe! :)

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    1. Yay! :) You're welcome. Let us know if you try it this Summer! :)

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  4. This was so fun to read, I didn't know how limoncello was made but we loved it when we tried it in Italy! The lemons are so different over there, so fresh and sweet!

    Hanh | hanhabelle

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    1. We didn't realize it was quite simple, you just have to be patient...that was the tricky part for us, we just wanted to try it! :p We agree and they're huge!! Thank you for reading! :)

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  5. Oh my! I had no idea that making homemade Limoncello is so simple! You've difinitely inspired me, I'll have to make my own Xx

    Dash Xx | Mode Lily

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    1. Yay! That makes us happy! :) You definitely have to let us know if you make some, we would love to see! Our is nearly gone! :)

      xx

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