Limoncello

OK, this is a straight steal from the Channel 4 programme Superscrimpers, via our neighbour Teresa who made her own version of it. It’s not terribly authentic, but it tastedlemon so good I was inspired to try it for myself. If it works it’ll be an excellent addition to our repertoire of home-made Christmas drinks.

Take the zest off 8 lemons (make sure you only take off the yellow zest, and as little of the white pith as you can manage). A very sharp knife or a speed peeler would be best to do this, or you could use a grater.  Put the zest in a large bowl with the squeezed juice of the 8 lemons, and pour over a 70cl bottle of cheap vodka.  Don’t throw the bottle away!  Add 500 grams of granulated sugar to 500ml of just boiled water and stir until dissolved, then add to the lemon/vodka mix. Cover the bowl and leave to steep for 5 days.  This is the stage the recipe has reached at the moment… After 5 days, strain the liquid. You could use a paper coffee filter or a piece of muslin in a sieve or colander. Pour the strained liquid into clean bottles (this is why you should keep the empty vodka bottle!).

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