Limoncello

Limoncello lr Squeezed lemons lr

Makes about 1 litre

I thought I’d give you a drink recipe for a change this week.

This is a home-made drink that really works well (unlike home brewed beers and wines). This recipe has less sugar than most and everyone who has tried it has given it a thumbs up. Keep it in the freezer along with some shot glasses and you’ll have a house full of very happy guests.

8 lemons (make sure they are unwaxed)
250g caster sugar
150ml water
1 x 700ml bottle of vodka

Use a small sharp knife to remove the peel from four of the lemons. Use a zester to remove the zest from the other four lemons. Squeeze all of the juice from the lemons.

Put the sugar and water in a thick based saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Cook uncovered with a strong simmer for a few minutes until the mixture starts to look syrupy. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Stir in the lemon juice, peel and zest. Leave to go completely cold then stir in the vodka.

Pour the limoncello into sterile bottles or jars, seal them and place them in a dark cupboard for three days. Then strain the limoncello into clean bottles.