I adore lemons, with everything, in food, in desserts, in smell, in water, in soaps and especially in alcohol!
Yes I do, they are so super fresh and wonderfully fragrant! So when a dear friend of ours came for a visit the other day with a home brewed Limonchello that had taken her about a month to make, I wasn't long to take out glasses and ice! Juhuuummm!!
Limonchello is originally an Italian liquor that is said to be at least 100 years old. It is traditionally made with Sorrento Lemons in the south of Italy and it is Italy's second most popular drink. Limonchello is served ice cold, in frozen shot glasses and is a popular dessert wine that has been seeing growing popularity in the past couple of years outside of Italy, f.ex. in posh restaurants in the US. This is of course all according to our dear friend Wikipedia so I do hope that I am getting this all more or less correct.
We finished the bottle relatively quickly and I wanted to try to make my own. My patience does not cover a month of brewing so me and Tóta tried to make a very quick little version.
See, I am respecting the original!
It is of course NOT Limonchello and we would never compare the two except for the lemons... and sugar syrup... and alcohol.. but still it is not Limonchello as it is supposed to be done!
I would like to try this recipe again with a bit more syrup and a bit more vodka but keep the same amount of lemon juice... making it a bit sweeter and more alcoholic, until then I really enjoyed this super fresh drink!
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Zest of two lemons
Juice from 4 lemons
200ml Vodka. (may be a little more, taste until right).
Start with blending sugar, water and lemon zest in a pot and heat until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to the boil and let it bubble for about two minutes and then cool.
Squeeze the juice from all the lemons and make sure to remove all the seeds.
Mix the lemon juice, the vodka and the syrup together and serve in tall glasses with loads of Ice!
Yes, it's THAT simple!!
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