I am trying to get more organised for Christmas (yes it is approaching fast!), and have made a start on all things yummy for my annual Christmas hampers, that I give away to family as gifts. These hampers usually consist of a few jars of chutneys or marmalades, however this year I have decided to add a bit of an alcohol twist by attempting my own homemade Limoncello.
Limoncello is a lemon flavoured liqueur that is mainly made in Italy, predominantly in the south of the country. Its enjoyed as an after dinner digestivo and usually served in a small chilled ceramic glass.
There is a tonne of recipes online for how to make this lovely refreshing drink, and I decided to follow this one from BBC Good Food.
This is such an easy recipe and is really quite simple to make. Just be mindful, if you are giving it away as a gift to ensure you have enough time to make it. The recipe I used took about two weeks for the limoncello to be made.
To start this wonderful drink takes a little bit of time as you are required to peel pieces (or otherwise known as paring the zest) of lemon, ensuring that none of the pith is included. This can be painstaking if you don’t have the right knife or peeler. My hands were aching after doing this, but it is well worth it to see the limoncello develop.
The peel is then added to a 1-litre bottle of vodka. I chose a cheap bottle from the supermarket and placed the mixture into a large 1-2 litre Kilner jar so that knew it would be sealed.
Then you wait for a week, remembering to shake the mixture throughout this time. I forgot on some days so gave the jar an extra bit of shaking on the days that I remembered.
After a week or so has passed, it is time to move onto the second stage of the recipe. This part includes dissolving sugar into water, which is then added to the boozy lemon mix. At this point, I had to purchase another Kilner jar, as the one I had was way too small for the amount of liquid that came from adding the water/sugar mix.
This is then left for a further week to stew, again shaking the jar regularly.
Once the lemon mix has been left for two weeks (or maybe slightly longer) it is time to strain and put it into bottles. I bought these 200ml pocket bottles to bottle the limoncello into. Before bottling though, the mixture needs to be strained and the peel removed from the mixture. The lemon peel looked and felt really weird, kind of waxy. I strained the mixture into a large mixing bowl, then used a ladle and funnel to get it into the bottles. The mixture filled the full pack of 10 bottles, which was more than enough and more than I needed…extra limoncello for me 😁.
Once bottled, all that is left to do is to add a label and give away as gifts. It is recommended to be placed in the freezer to chill it right down before serving.
Will you be giving this recipe a go? 🍋🍋
The full recipe can be found below:
Hope you enjoyed this recipe!
Keep your eyes peeled for another version of this recipe in the next week or so!
As always, thanks for reading,