Thursday, December 27, 2012

Limoncello, Wedding Favor / {Boise Wedding photographer}

My husband and I just gave gift bags to our friends for Christmas and one of the items we included was home made Limoncello.  While bottling these cute little gifts, I thought they would make a great wedding favor as well.

What you need:

 -17 lemons scrubbed very clean... preferably organic because they have no wax on the outside.
   (Preferably Sorrento lemons which are traditional for this recipe but are hard to come by in Idaho.
   My husband used a combination of Eureka and Meyer Lemons)

 -2 bottles of Everclear alcohol
    (190 proof alcohol)

 -Brita Water filter pitcher
   (dedicated, you will never want to use it for water again)

 -1 large glass jar or container
   (able to hold at least 3 liters of liquid)

-small bottles for bottling
   (We used small champagne bottles we found at a local home brew store.)


 1)  take only the best zest (yellow part of rind only, none of the white/pith) of 17 lemons. Set aside

 2)  Filter 2 bottles of Everclear alcohol (190 proof) through the dedicated Brita water filter. You can
      save filter to use for making other cordials or more Limoncello.

      Run the Everclear through the filter 4 times.

3)  Combine lemon zest and filtered Everclear into the clean glass container & cover with lid.

 4)  In a cool dark place, soak the lemon zest in the Everclear for 90 days shaking every few days.

 5)  After 90 days, filter the Everclear mixture (liquid) through a coffee filter into a new glass
      container.  Replace the coffee filter as it clogs.

6)  While filtering, make a simple syrup out of 5 1/2 cups of water and 3 1/2 cups of cane sugar.
     Cool the simple syrup to room temperature.

7) Add cooled simple syrup mix to the Everclear mixture.  Mix well.

8)  Clean & sanitize the glass bottles you will be using for gift giving.

9)  Fill the jars with the Limoncello and cork/cap

10)  Store in freezer for at least one week before drinking... Serve at freezer temperature into
        cordial glasses.

This recipe made about 2 liters of Limoncello.  It comes in at about a 35-40% alcohol content. Although it's strong, it is traditional.


cmd said...

What is the purpose of running the everclear and then the everclear with lemon zest through the Britta filter??

Thanks in advance!

Leap Photography said...

The Brita filter is a carbon filter and cuts down any residual impurities in the alcohol.

Coffee filters are used when it is time to bottle. They get rid of any lemon zest and help clear up the remaining liquid making for a prettier and brighter finished product.

Thanks for checking us out, Brenda.

cmd said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Everclear is distilled. The alcohol evaporates and condenses so there are no impurities. If it were aged in oak there may be impurities, but not at such high proof and clear color. Save money and skip the filter.