Sunday, May 19, 2013

battle of the limoncellos

No, it isn't art.  It's a limoncello smackdown.

In January I posted about my new citrus zester and how easy it made peeling a batch of Meyer lemons for limoncello.  A week later I started batch # 2 (forgot to photograph, sorry!): a lazy-man's limoncello using the whole fruit.  This weekend I did a blind taste test with the statistically dubious number of two tasters (Michael & me).

The traditionally made limoncello is more attractive, clear in color.

I suspect the pectin in the seeds and pith are what gave the whole-lemon batch its opacity and layer of sediment;  would that extra pectin also give the limoncello a bitter taste?

The difference in flavors was significant.  Both are good, and a consensus was not reached.  Michael barely preferred the traditional, clear limoncello.  He described the taste as "more orange."  (Does that help you?  Me...not so much.)

I like the whole fruit version better, finding it sweeter and with a less sharp, vodka-y taste.  Both are delicious and worth serving.

To oblige the eyes or the tongue?  A question I shall ponder as the rain begins to fall.


At May 20, 2013 at 7:44 AM , Anonymous Leda Meredith said...

I feel that more taste testings are required. Many.

At May 20, 2013 at 11:31 AM , Blogger Cayce Hill said...

Maybe Michael is picking up on the fact that the Meyer lemon is a cross between a lemon and what is believed to be either a mandarin or sour orange? Maybe the pithier whole fruit version obscures that a little more?

At May 20, 2013 at 4:54 PM , Blogger SaraGardens said...

Mmmm, limoncello.... I I like the way the cloudy one looks, though perhaps it will clarify ever so slightly over time. Not that I expect it will last for long!

At May 21, 2013 at 8:13 AM , Anonymous Mark said...

I agree with Leda. More tastings, including me! Now you have different ones for different moods. You are so accomodating.


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