Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Boozy Bambino Limoncello

Mr Beeper and I decided that all our friends really needed from us this year in the way of gifts was booze--because, really, who cannot use more booze? Especially, when it is hand-crafted in your own kitchen and cured in the cobwebby recesses of your own basement? So, tonight when our friends make their way over to our home for our New Year's Eve cocktail party, they will each leave with a bottle of Boozy Bambino Limoncello--our home brand, made right here in Minneapolis. And if you too would like to make your own batch of Boozy Bambino Limoncello, well, here is the recipe:
  • 35 lemons, washed and dried
  • 2 bottles of Everclear (95% alchohol, 190 proof)--yep, that's right baby. Yum.
  • 2 bottles of good vodka
  • 11 cups of water
  • 12 cups of sugar

With a zester or veggie peeler, remove only the zest (the yellow rind) of the lemon--being careful to leave that nasty white pith under there untouched. Place the lemon zest in large jar with a lid and add all that noxious alcohol (4 bottles). Store in cool, dark place--remembering to visit the embryonic limoncello and give it a little shake daily so you swirl the liquid and zest around. Do this for about 3 weeks (you can go as long as 4 weeks, if you prefer).

Round about the 21st day, bring the water to a boil in a sausepan, then add the sugar and remove from the heat, stirring the sugar until it dissolves. Cover and let cool to room temp. Meanwhile, get out the jar of embyonic limoncello and strain it through a fine sieve, then discard the lemon zest. Put it back in the jar, add the simple syrup (the sugar and water mixture), and stir for a couple of minutes. Store for about 3-4 weeks longer, again, giving it a little shake daily or even twice a day, if you are diligant and can remember to do this.

Now, you are ready to transfer your Boozy Bambino Limoncello to bottles--ones with rubber stoppers work well--just make sure the bottle is fairly sterile before using. You can use this label here (to save it, right click or select it and copy to your computer--we printed our on full page shipping labels from Office Max) to give it that final crafty touch:...or make up your own dumb Limoncello brand, if you have the motivation. Limoncello is traditionally enjoyed at the end of the meal, served from the freezer (where it will take on an even cloudier appeal) in a small glass. Bella! Ciao, and happy new year to all of you.

1 comment:

Bradley said...

a simple way to attach the labels to bottles, is to print them on normal paper, and either wet them with milk or liquid starch (like for dress shirts) and when the label is still damp apply it to the bottles and when it drys it will stick great.

they also will come off in about a 15 minute soak in warm water and oxy-clean so you can reuse the bottles. Its an old homebrewer trick.

Great blog by the way.