Limoncello always gives me visions of my visit to Italy – the Tuscan coast. I was fighting my inner demons trying to decide what to drink – a classic glass of Tuscan Red Wine, according to me the best in the world, or a super cool Tuscan Limoncello.
Every little and big family make their own Limoncello. Each has a family secret, and hidden in the sheds they concoct their heirloom recipes. At least I visualise it that way! The Daddy’s and Mommies, hunkered down at their huge tables, with the spring season – well! – springing outside, peeling away industriously at lemons, and emptying jugs of vodka over the peels. Another lot, juicing the lemons, to make the lemon and sugar syrup. And the Grand Pappy and GrandMommy sitting and shouting instructions, and tasting the Limoncello till their offsprings have got it right!
What a sight!!
The recipe I have used is partly from the internet. But the big part, played by the sugar and lemon juice is from the family diaries of my great friends – The Bathija’s.
The entire team efforts made such a deadly Limoncello, that our man Rajesh (as seen above) finished my bottle! :O
There is no recipe to follow. Only instructions.
The problem with this recipe is that one cannot make out beforehand, the quantities of vodka needed. It all depends on how much lemon peel and what quantity of lemon juice the batch of lemons throw up. I started with 2 Cups of vodka, but ended up using the entire 750 ml bottle, much to the dismay of my husband 😛
So for the sake of your sanity, have a full bottle of vodka ready. Good food requires good alcohol. Trust me it makes a difference. You don’t have to use your best drinking vodka, but do settle for a good quality bottle.
It is potent enough to make you tipsy
It’s the most refreshing drink to have over crushed ice. The batch I make is normally over within days. We have it whenever we please – over lunch, after dinner, to start our evening….