On my continuing citrus kick, I decided to make limoncello earlier this week. This is where all my leftover lemons came for the various other recipes I’ve been making.   I went for the shorter end of infusing this time around, as I wanted a quick turn around time for using this in other recipes, but would be interested to see what a longer infusion time would do to this.

Limoncello
Makes 1 750 ml bottle

Ingredients

  • 10 Meyer lemons, washed and dried
  • 1 750 ml bottle of vodka (I used closer to 2 c, New Amsterdam vodka)
  • 1.5 c sugar
  • 1.5 c water

Take your Meyer lemons, and peel them so that the outer peels, and as little of the pith as possible, are removed. Take the peels, put them in a quart jar (or in a 750 bottle like I did), pour your vodka over them, and then seal the jar. Place the jar in a dark place, and let sit for four days at minimum, up to a month. The difference between pics two and three is what the vodka will look like after four days infusing.

After your four days, run the vodka through a mesh strainer (and additionally through a coffee filter if you have one) into a bowl.

Meanwhile, combine equal amounts sugar and water and heat over medium high heat, simmer until the sugar is dissolved, and then remove from heat to cool.  Once cooled, mix with the vodka, and taste to decide whether or not you would like more sugar syrup in your limoncello. The recipe suggests starting out with 1 cup, and going from there to decide if you like the taste enough before adding more; I did this, and ended up adding a half cup more.

Once you’re at your ideal taste, run the limoncello through a funnel into your bottle, seal, and put in the freezer to chill. (You can put it in the fridge, but it will keep longer in the freezer, and will bring out the flavors better as it rests.) 

So, this summer I’ve been trying my hand at infusing liquors, and I just made one of my all time favorites over the last two months. If you can get farmers market plums and blueberries for this, do so, it makes the resulting liquor taste amazing. This was supposed to be in one jar, but I only had the two quart jars, so I changed the recipe around a bit. Either way, the resulting liquor was the hit of the bachelorette party this weekend.

Blueberry Plum Vanilla Liquor
Makes 2 qt jars

Ingredients

  • 2 c blueberries (split between the two jars)
  • 1 lb (about 4) plums, quartered (split between the two jars)
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved (I ended up splitting two vanilla beans and putting one in each jar)
  • 1 c sugar (split between the two jars)
  • 2 c vodka (I basically just filled the jars with vodka, so it was likely closer to 3 c total)

Combine all ingredients in your jars, and screw on the lids tightly. Store in a dark place. For the first week, shake the jar daily to ensure that the sugar fully dissolves. After that, let it sit for a minimum of two months. Then, strain some off and enjoy!