My First Batch of Limoncello

January 14, 2008 at 5:47 pm (Other Drinks) (, , , , )

1/13/08 – Today I began my first batch of limoncello. I didn’t have a jar big enough to make a full batch, so I split it into two one-quart mason jars. Each jar has a bottle of Leeds Vodka ($4.99 for 750 ml) and the peels of 7 or 8 nice fragrant lemons.

The potato peeler was definitely the way to go. It took no more than 10 minutes to peel 15 lemons.

What do you do with 15 naked lemons?

Naked Lemons

1/14/08 – The liquid already has a really cool lemon yellow color. Three months is going to be a long time to wait for this stuff.

1/19/08 – The skins are just starting to turn white. I give it a shake every day or so. The color is almost electric. It’s pretty obvious already that a single batch just isn’t going to cut it.

1/20/08 – We made lemon marmalade with some of the naked lemons and my wife made a couple of batches of lemon squares.

2/16/08 – I shake the jars every couple of days.  They are a great color and the rinds are starting to turn rather white.   How has this been only a month?  I want to try some NOW!

7/4/09 – Yeah, big time gap, but here’s what you’ve been waiting for.  After pouring off the liquid and sweetening it (I have no idea how much sugar I used, apparently I forgot to write it down), I set it aside for a while.  Last week my friend Mike came over and I took it out of the freezer for him to try.  Two thumbs up.  We were over his house last night, I brought him a bottle (340ml vinegar bottles from the 89 cent store).  We had some before dinner, and the gang almost polished off the whole bottle after dinner.  A lot more thumbs up.


1 Comment

  1. bob gerrero said,

    I first tried making this stuff this past summer and I think I’m addicted. When those skins are white, believe me, It’s golden. There is no need, in my opinion, to infuse more than 3-4 weeks. I enjoy the crema version much more than the traditional.
    Good luck

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