Can you think of a better way to celebrate my return to blogging and passing my orals than with a post about an alcoholic beverage? Yeah, me either. With that, I bring you a recipe for making homemade limoncello! It's very easy, but takes quite a bit of time. One month, to be exact.
I found this recipe on the website The Full Moxie.
1 750 ml bottle of plain vodka (use something at least middle of the road here, but also don't feel obligated to shell out the cash dollars for Belvedere or something)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Zest all of your lemons into a bowl, or do it over some foil or something. Be careful to not accidentally zest your hands. That really kind of sucks, and stings a lot. Not that I'd know...
Combine your vodka and zest in a container that has a lid. Put this container in a cupboard, or some other cool, dark, out of the way place for 30 days.
~1 month later~
Now that you've been patiently waiting for 30ish days, let's get back to work by making a simple syrup. Pour the sugar and water into a small sauce pan and turn the heat up to medium. Stir occasionally, allowing the mixture to come to a boil. Let it boil for a minute or so, just until all of the sugar is dissolved. Let this cool to room temperature.
While the simple syrup is cooling, run your vodka-zest mixture through a strainer. I ran mine through once, then lined the strainer with paper towels and gave it another pass through, just to be sure that I got all of the smaller particles.
Once the simple syrup has cooled, combine it with the vodka, and give it a stir. Then pour it into the vessel of your choice! A funnel will help greatly here. You should be left with a clear, yellow liquid. Enjoy!
Not sure what to do with your limoncello? I have a feeling that Foodgawker can help.
UPDATE! You can also use this limoncello to make a delicious cocktail known as the Limoncello Collins!