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Second Annual Limoncello Post

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Last year I made homemade limoncello for the first time, and it was pretty terrific if I do say so myself.  This year, I thought this brilliant concoction could be expanded to another popular citrus flavor: lime.  The reason this has not been done already (to my knowledge) is that limes are uncommon if not largely unknown in Italy.  (Just google "limes italy" and it assumes you meant olives!)  This caused horrified gasps to come out of the mouths of two of my native-Spanish-speaking Italian 101 students a couple of weeks ago.  "But how do they live?" one of them asked.  Well, sort of the way they live mostly without lemons in Venezuela, I guess.  But I think the lovely little yellow liqueur can expand its horizons without too much fuss, so I'm giving it a try.  And because the word for lime in Italian is "limetta," making the logical name for the green-colored version sound silly and confusing ("limetticello"), I'm calling it Verdicello, "verde" meaning "green."

Step one: infusing the vodka

You need a pretty strong, clear, mostly tasteless alcohol to start with.  I use 360 brand Vodka because it's pretty good for the price (especially with the $10 rebates they're offering!) and it's a "green" company.  The bottle is recycled glass, and they even include a little mail pouch to send back the swing-top (which recycling centers can't accept but which they can re-use).  This year I'm increasing the alcohol content just a little.  I'm using 600 mL instead of 500 of the alcohol.

Limoncello: 600 mL vodka or grain alcohol, colored zest only of 5 lemons
Verdicello: 600 mL vodka or grain alcohol, colored zest only of 9 limes

Place in a sealed glass or plastic container, store in a dark, cool place away from strong odors for at least 2 weeks.  Shake daily.

Step two: add a simple syrup: see last year's post.
Finally, in case you were wondering what to do with limoncello once you have it besides drink shots, here are some cocktail recipes.


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May. 6th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
"But how do they live?" one of them asked.
*giggles uncontrollably* Then M. demanded to know why I was giggling...

I must say that I adore limes as well. This should come as no surprise is that I adore Thai and Mexican food and such wonderful drinks and gin and tonic, margaritas, and Skyy Ginger with lime and tonic.
May. 6th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
I do have some pretty melodramatic and amusing students. They also ask me things like "how do I tell X to shut up nicely?" *eyeroll* I only tell them the politer insults and expletives, like "cabbage head."

They are awfully tasty. If the Verdicello works, I'll definitely take a nice big bottle up there with me this summer so we can experiment together. :D
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