Limoncello

Warning: it’s very addictive! And very easy to make.

homemade limoncello

This Italian lemon liqueur is made from the lemon zest steeped in grain alcohol until the oil is released. The resulting yellow liquid is then mixed with simple syrup.

For about 1 l (4 cups) of Limoncello you need 8 – 10 organic lemons (depends on the size of the fruit), sugar, water, cloves and some kind of alcohol.

If the lemons are store bought you’ll need to remove the wax from the surface of the fruit.
Fruit producers spray the skin of lemons (oranges, and other citrus fruits also) with a thin layer of wax after the fruit is harvested. This is done to keep the skin of the fruit looking nice and adds a shine. Wax is considered safe for consumption (ha ha ha).
To remove wax drop lemons in boiling water for 15 seconds and scrub them well with a brush or clean kitchen towel under a cold running water.

The lemons we used are from our friends and neighbors trees. In Dalmatia region they are in season form November till February. And every once in a while we receive a few kilos as a gift.

2+½ cups vodka
peel of 8 just-ripe lemons, a little pith on
¾ cup sugar
juice of 3 lemons, strained
3 -4 whole cloves
1/2 cup water

We made few bottles with homemade grappa (lozovaca – wine grappa) the resulting aroma and smell of alcohol was too strong. Vodka is more neutral and gives better, more lemony, easier to drink final result.

Combine vodka and lemon peel, cover and steep 48 hours in a cool, dark place. Strain. Boil sugar, lemon juice and cloves with 1 cup water until syrupy (few minutes). Cool, remove cloves and mix into lemon vodka. Serve chilled.

Remaining lemon juice use for lemonade.

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Homemade Ginger ale

Homemade Ginger Ale

150 g ginger pulp
4 – 5 tbsp. muscovado sugar
3 lemons (zest and juice)
1 L sparkling mineral water
fresh mint

Chop ginger in food processor (or grate on a coarse grater).
Put the ginger (pulp and juices) into a bowl and mix in muscovado sugar.
Using vegetable peeler remove rid from lemons and add it to the mixture. Bash the mixture with a pestle (or something heavy) for 10 seconds.
Add the lemon juice and mineral water. Mix well. Allow to sit for 10 minutes so that the flavors combine. Strain the mixture. Add ice and mint and serve!