Limoncello

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What do you think of when you like of the isle of Capri? I think of beautiful warm sunshine. I think of beautiful wine and food. I also think of Limoncello. Limoncello is a lemon liqueur made with lemon of course, and vodka. Sold in liquor stores, it’s tastes like sundrenched lemons and is served very cold (near freezing) as a after dinner drink. It’s a festive drink meant for sharing with guests. You can purchase it or you can make it. And you can make it, put them in little stopper bottles for gift giving. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

  •  10 lemons
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle vodka
  •  3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar

Directions:

  • Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from the lemons in long strips (reserve the lemons for another use). Using a small sharp knife, trim away the white pith from the lemon peels; discard the pith. Place the lemon peels in a 2-quart pitcher. Pour the vodka over the peels and cover with plastic wrap. Steep the lemon peels in the vodka for 4 days at room temperature.
  • Stir the water and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Cool completely. Pour the sugar syrup over the vodka mixture. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight. Strain the limoncello through a mesh strainer. Discard the peels. Transfer the limoncello to bottles. Seal the bottles and refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours and up to 1 month.
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