When Life Gives You Lemons, It’s time to Make Limoncello

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Eureka Lemon Tree

 

 

 

This is the time of year when I am taking my mornings a little slower and I am preparing for the long slow days of
Summer to come.
I’ve had a lot of requests recently for my Limoncello recipe.
There is no better way to spend a Summer evening than in front of an outdoor fire sharing a few appetizers and sipping homemade Limoncello with friends and family.
I’m very fortunate to have an Amazing Eureka Lemon tree in my garden.
These lemons have a beautiful and fragrant rind and the juice from them is so plentiful that I use it for lemonade.
Nothing goes to waste here!

 

Eureka Lemons straight off the tree

 

Limoncello

 

This is all about proportions.  Any combination of citrus fruits can be used depending on personal preference.  Most important here is using the freshest and best quality fruit available.  I like to use organic fruit whenever possible and I like the fruit to be unbruised and unmarked.

 

Ingredients:

8-9 Organic Lemons, the skin peeled into strips, no white pith.

(reserve the inside of the Lemons for lemonade, salad dressings, or marinades)

750 ml Everclear Grain Alcohol

1 liter filtered water, plus 1 additional cup to rinse the final infused peels.

2 1/2 cups white sugar

 

Utensils:

Strainer

Large pot

Large jar with sealable top

Funnel

 

Method:

Step #1

Peel Organic Lemons.  Make sure to only peel the yellow skin without white pith.  The pith is very bitter.

Place the Lemon peels in large jar and add grain alcohol.

The lemons need to infuse in this liquid for 20 days.  This will make the Limoncello bold yellow in color and give it an intense lemon flavor.

As a side note: I have used 3 very large grapefruit, 2 lemons and 1 lime in the following pictures to create a CitrusCello.

 

Whether using grapefruit, lemons or limes, peeling this citrus clean of white pith is Essential.

 

 

Citrus peels ready for infusion

 

Citrus peels infused in Everclear Grain Alcohol; see you in 20 days!

 

Step #2

After 20 days:

Bring 1 liter of water to boil and add white sugar.  Allow the sugar water to cool to room temperature and then using a strainer, add the infused alcohol to the pot, keeping the peels out.

Pour one additional cup of water into the jar with the peels.  Mix it and then strain directly into the pot with all the other ingredients.  This will boost the flavor.

Mix all ingredients well for a couple of minutes.

 

Step #3

Using a funnel,

Fill clean, empty glass bottles with Limoncello and cork or seal.

Put one bottle in the refrigerator and the rest in a cool, dark, dry place.

 

To Serve:

Pop a bottle of Limoncello in the freezer 20 minutes before serving.  Serve Limoncello in small chilled glasses.

 

”Bevi con piacere ma conosci la tua Misura!”

 

Here’s a wonderfully refreshing Summer Cocktail:

 

Paloma Italiana

 

Ingredients:

1 oz. Blanco Tequila

3/4 oz. Homemade Grapefriut Citrus Cello

1/2 oz. Campari

1/2 oz. Lime juice

1/2 oz. Grapefruit juice

1/2 oz. Simple syrup or Agave syrup

 

Shake, strain over fresh ice, top with Soda or Sparkling water

 

La Jolla, California Sunset

 

Whether I am in the kitchen cooking and creating, sitting with friends sorting out the World’s problems, or just relaxing back in a not-much-to-do weekend, there is always time in the Summer months to take in a beautiful sunset.  There is something magical about this time of day, something quiet and serene.  What evokes this stillness in us?  I believe it is in the transition of light to darkness that feelings of completeness and peace are created.  It marks the path of a certain cycle and with that comes a knowledge of stability and sureness.  Does not the Sun just make a loop after all?  It rises high and swings down low only to repeat the process every 24 hours.
Some things remain the same.  Some things will forever be changing.
I wish to carve out many magical moments this Summer.  I hope to create and experience Simple pleasures that connect me to the surrounding environment.  Some ideas I have are things like outdoor movie nights for my son and his friends, complete with popcorn and sodas!  Early morning walks at the beach when most of the World is still sleeping is a favorite of mine.  I love the freedom of feeling like I have the whole ocean to myself.  Packing a sunset dinner and enjoying an outdoor dining experience with a show stopping sunset is the best way to share a perfect end to a Summer’s day!  How will you make magic this Summer?

 

 

La Zingara is an Italian Gypsy Woman, one whose Spirit yearns for a connectedness to the World around Her!  That’s Me!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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