Category Archives: Limoncello

Lemons into lemonade

Hey y’all!!

I’m finally back in our beloved new hometown, and ready to ply you guys with more delicious food and beverage than you could ever want.

I’ve realized that, somehow, I always end up posting a cocktail on Mondays. Not quite sure why that is, but hey, it’s a good way to start the week, right?!

So, a few days ago, I was doing this, courtesy of our lovely friends over at Boozed & Infused:

Limoncello Infusing

I tweaked the recipe just a little bit. I often find that limoncello is WAY too sweet. Alicia at Boozed & Infused specifically mentioned that this recipe was much more tart than the normal limoncello fare, but I wanted to err markedly on the side of tart, so I cut down a little bit on the sugar. Here’s what I came up with.

Limoncello (in the style of Boozed & Infused)

*1 750 ml bottle of Vodka (I used Tito’s – seriously, I defy you to find a vodka this good for the price)
*9 lemons
*3/4 cups of white sugar

Juice the lemons completely – I set aside the lemon juice in a container for mixing in other cocktails – and then drop them in the vodka in a sealable container. Add the sugar and stir carefully – you don’t want to squeeze the lemons very much. Seal the container. While this is all infusing, you’ll want to turn the container upside down a few times to mix up the sugar and help it dissolve. You’ll want to leave everything infusing for at least a few days – you’ll be able to see when the sugar has completely dissolved.

Once it’s done, pick out the lemons carefully and then strain the excess pulp floating in there – I used the mesh from my French press to do so. Finally, put it back in the vodka bottle from whence it came, and you’ll get this!

Homemade limoncello

Guys…it’s REALLY fantastic. The perfect combo of sweet and tart. Definitely going to be a fixture in this Savannah household.

Now, it’s perfectly good on it’s own, of course. But the committee of one here at The Amateur Cocktailer isn’t satisfied until a delicious cocktail has been created. So here’s a particularly good one. I call it “The Two Timer” – it’s tart and sweet, all at the same time, especially with the chocolate bitters in the mix.

The Two TimerThe Two Timer

*2 parts limoncello
*1 part Pimm’s No. 1
*2 parts apple juice
*1 part grapefruit juice
*1 part seltzer
*Dash of chocolate bitters

Honestly, I think you’re going to be seeing a lot of limoncello cocktails here on the ol’ blog in the near future – I really love how it works in a drink.

And I haven’t forgotten about the rice balls I mentioned a while back…still tweaking and perfecting. I should have them down by the end of the week! Until next time.

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