Wow…sorry about the unexpected blogging holiday! Life, the Universe and Everything (to quote the late, great, and sorely missed Douglas Adams) overwhelmed me there for a couple of weeks. Too much to do and not enough time to get it all done. My ‘time off’ has been put to good use. I have a very exciting new shipment of vintage silver treasures which will be posting on my shop over the next few weeks. And, I’ve made a delicious Meyer lemon limoncello which, fortuitously, is all ready to be shared with you. It’s not difficult to make, but does need a little bit of time.
The strange summer weather we’ve been having in DC — hot, gloomy, humid and rainy — cries out for some cool relief to lift the spirits. I keep coming across limoncello recipes and thought that a lemony tipple might be just the thing to hit the spot.
Naturally, I can’t resist tinkering with the recipes I did find. I wanted to use my favorite Meyer lemons (although the recipe works equally well with either variety) and I wanted to make it just a touch sweeter.
I’ve been serving this Meyer lemon limoncello in very cold vintage silver cups (put them in the freezer for a few minutes before using). It works either straight or with a splash of sparkling water to make a very grown-up lemonade!
Meyer Lemon Limoncello (click the title for a printer-friendly version)
- 10 Meyer Lemons
- 1 – 750 ml bottle of Vodka
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
Wash the Meyer lemons. Using a vegetable peeler or microplane zester, remove the outer skin. If using a peeler, try to make the slices as thin as possible, so you don’t get too much white (sour) pith.
Once all the yellow peel is off the lemons, place it all in the bottle of vodka and close the cap securely. Give the bottle a shake, making sure the peel is in the vodka, not stuck to the side of the bottle or in the neck.
Leave for 7-10 days, until the vodka has gone a pale lemony color. Undo the bottle cap and smell the gorgeous lemon aroma.
Place all the water and sugar in a saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir for a few minutes until all the sugar has melted. Cool your simple syrup in the fridge for a few hours.
Using a strainer, pour the vodka out of the bottle into a bowl. Add the cold simple syrup. Pour into bottles/containers of your choice. I like to pour it into small bottles so I can bring some as a hostess gift in the summertime.
Keep in the fridge for a week so the flavors can marry. Enjoy it, well-chilled….either straight, on the rocks, or with some sparkling water.
Meyer Lemon Limoncello Labels
The gorgeous labels for my Meyer lemon limoncello came from Nancy Nikko Designs a fellow Etsy shopkeeper. I love having a beautiful label to put on food containers. My handwriting is a lost cause, but these beauties make up for that deficiency. So I can’t resist giving her a shout-out. Nancy has done a number of fantastic labels and bookplates for me, all of which have been exquisite.
I have not forgotten about the Monogram Challenge from the last post! Everyone who answered was correct. Once I took and saw the photo, it cleared up any ambiguity about the answer…ABM.
Many thanks to all of you who played. I can’t bear to choose a single winner, so contact me and I will send you your silver sixpence!
As always, I have no marketing/affiliate/financial/to-the-trade discount or relationship with people, products, or shops that get a shout-out on Silver Magpies. They get mentioned because I genuinely think you might enjoy knowing about them, not because I got a ‘gift’ or ‘sample’.