16 Nov 2014

Limoncello




We bought some limoncino/limoncello at Rome airport food hall as we travel only with hand luggage and are unable to bring liquids through x-ray check-in, of course.  I serve it with an espresso as an after-dinner liquore when we have guests.
However, it's not the same as home-made so we made some for the store cupboard. We also put some in smaller bottles to give as gifts to friends and family as they're so generous with their resources and time when we're over in Italy, although they do make their own.

Below are the stages when making limoncello. (As I still have my old scales from England with Imperial measures I had to do some converting)!  This is my Italian family's version.




The thinly-pared skins of 8 unwaxed, preferably organic, lemons are added to a litre of pure alcohol and left for at least one week.


The sugar (325 grammes) is dissolved in a litre of water. When the sugar water is cool, the infused lemon skins and alcohol is added.


The liquid is strained and the liquore bottled.


  



19 comments:

  1. Mmm, sounds good. I've bookmarked the recipe to try when we get home. I too am glad to see that the Lightbox is back. :--)

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    1. I meant to say that you can't purchase the alcohol (95 per cent) in the UK as far as I know. You can use vodka, but it's not really the same. Thankful that Lightbox is back!

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  2. i was so happy to find the light box on this post, it was not on the other one today... these photos are AWESOME! I mean that, i studied each one for all the details. love all those bottles, i have a thing for bottles.. love that first photo just because..

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  3. forgot to say so sorry your laptop can't be repaired... that is even worse than a camera on the blink

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    1. It's disappointing about my laptop being irreparable. I'm still trying to cope with the borrowed one for the time being.

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  4. I love limoncello and will make a note of this recipe. Unbelievably the last bottle I purchased came from Lidl when they had their Italian food week, and it was very reasonably priced.

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    1. Lidl is pretty good for stocking continental goods isn't it?

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  5. What a happy-colored liqueur! I'm in the process of making some lemon verbena-infused liquor (it's infusing on my kitchen counter right now), but I've never made limoncello. I'll have to try your recipe -- thanks for sharing it! Best, -Beth

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    1. Perhaps you'll share your recipe for your lemon verbena liqueur on your blog, Beth?

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  6. Ooh I simply adore Limoncello. We go often to the Neapolitan Riviera and always buy a bottle of the locally made Limoncello. The trouble is we have to pack it very carefully in our hold luggage as we can't take liquids through in our hand luggage. No spillages yet!! P x

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    1. How lovely that you often go to the beautiful region that's well-known for growing lemons and you can bring back limoncello in your hold luggage.

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  7. Oh, it looks so pretty bottled up.

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  8. Hi Linda,

    Limoncello is such a lovely after dinner drink - had some at an Italian Restaurant the other night.
    We actually have a large bottle we have tried with Mandarins - calling it Marcello and that is really nice. We gave some to our friends the other night and they liked it.
    Have been meaning to email you and will do this soon.
    Hope you have a lovely new week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  9. I've never tried Limoncello - it looks lovely and refreshing and so pretty in its bottles just like bottled sunshine:):)

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  10. I have never tried this either, now I have a lemon tree with the promise of lots of lemons next year I'll certainly give this a bash. xxx

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  11. I have never tried it. I did try some florescent colored drink that everyone seemed to drink, but it was too strong for me. Beautiful photos and so interesting. xoox

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  12. It looks tasty and refreshing! Thanks so much for sharing, Linda!

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  13. We loved discovering Limoncello last year when we visited Italy, it was delicious. I have two bottles here that are undrunk, must do something with them - like drink them!! xx

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  14. I'll have to try this - I've been wanting to make some ever since the first time you talked about after I found your blog. Seems easy enough!

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