Saturday, January 26, 2013

limoncello, or lemons: the first way

When you have so many Meyer lemons...deciding what to do with them can be a challenge.

Last week I found a bottle of limoncello I'd given my mother, tucked in the back of her freezer.  Voila. Meyer lemon project #1.

This little tool has already earned its keep.  How did I live so long without a citrus zester?

4 cups vodka
the peels of 10 Meyer lemons, all white pith removed

Place the above in a screw top jar, close, shake, and store in a dark place for about 2 weeks (shaking the jar when you remember).

Make a simple syrup of 2 cups water and 1 cup sugar; let it cool.
Strain the vodka off the zest (saving the zest for garnishing various beverages) and combine with the simple syrup.

Pour the liquid through a coffee filter into bottles, seal, and store for 2 more weeks.

Once the limoncello is done, you can store it in the freezer; the high alcohol content will prevent freezing.

n.b. I made a big batch because I have a lot of lemons.  The recipe can be halved.


At January 26, 2013 at 9:53 AM , Blogger Zoe Tilley Poster said...

I knew you were the person to ask what I should do with my meyer lemons... and I didn't even have to ask! This looks delightful.

At January 27, 2013 at 8:33 AM , Blogger Elizabeth said...

Your limoncello is amazing. Do you have any other meyer lemon recipes?

At January 27, 2013 at 8:41 AM , Anonymous Leda Meredith said...

So many Meyer lemons is an excellent "problem" to have! But even without a bounty of Meyers, you've convinced me I need a citrus zester.

At February 2, 2013 at 12:37 PM , Blogger Dawn Fine said...

Oh..excellent use of the lemons!


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