When winter gives you lemons … make limoncello!
Tart and sweet, crisp and cold, limoncello is a delightful after-dinner drink, and it turns out it’s easy to make at home.
I just finished my second batch; my first try was delicious too, but I liked this batch even better, less sweet and a little stronger.
To make limoncello, I first peeled eight lemons.
You just use the zest in the limoncello. I squeezed the leftover lemons for a batch of homemade lemonade.
Add the zest to grain alcohol or vodka, and let the mixture steep in a cool, dark place for at least a week.
Strain the mixture, and discard the zest.
Add simple syrup. It will turn cloudy as you pour it in. Here is the limoncello recipe I used, but be sure to adjust the amount of sugar to your taste, and add the simple syrup a little at a time.
Chill in the freezer for several hours.
I love trying to make simple things from scratch. Some other homemade delights:
- homemade corn tortillas
- Worcestershire sauce
- homemade ricotta
- homemade butter
- nut butter
- Dijon mustard
What do you like to make from scratch?