Discussion in 'Beer & Ale' started by payson, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. payson

    payson Meat Mopper

    Not beer but I didn't know where else to put it. A friend just passed this along. Looks like a fine New Year's libation!


    • Peel the rind of about 12 lemons and steep in a container with grain alcohol for 2 weeks.
    • Take an equal amount of water (I usually save the Everclear grain alcohol bottle to measure the water) and bring to a near boil.
    • Mix 2 cups of sugar in the water. You can go up to about 4 cups of sugar if you want it sweeter.
    • Let the “simple syrup†water and sugar mixture cool.
    • Remove or strain out the lemon peels from the grain and add to the cooled sugar water mixture.
    • Stir, bottle and place in the freezer.

    Optional Methods

    • For a creamy version, use an equal amount of milk instead of water to make a milk and sugar mixture. When using milk, extra care must be exercised to not scald the milk when heating, and to be absolutely certain the mixture is cooled prior to mixing in the alcohol otherwise the mixture is not smooth. The goal of heating the milk is to insure the sugar melts so boiling is not necessary.
    • Use other fruit. Roughly peel a pineapple and cut into ½†sections. This size section works well because when it comes time to remove the pineapple from the alcohol you can use a garlic press on each piece (tedious, but an effort of love) or a fruit press to remove the alcohol the pineapple absorbed.
  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Lemonade with some teeth! Interesting.
  3. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    For those who have never had a lemoncello you must try it. Buy a bottle leave it in the freezer and pour a couple oz's into a small glass and sip. Very tart but incredible.
    Doing it at home is very good as well.
  4. wilson

    wilson Meat Mopper

    Heck Yes!!!!!!!!!
    That's the ticket. Thanks for the recipe.
    Every year a freind of ours brings us some of his Limoncello, It's awsome in the hot summer and a great warmer in the winter,
    ...........Just keep it away from open flames and living tissue [​IMG]

  5. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I had Limoncello on a Caribbean cruise we went on 2 years ago. I thought I had finally found the nectar of the gods. Thanks for the recipe.[​IMG]
  6. bustedluckbarbq

    bustedluckbarbq Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the recipe! sounds good... gonna have to try this cold at the annual Busted luck 4th of July party/....
  7. bob marsh

    bob marsh Fire Starter

    Great Stuff! I have a couple recipes for Limoncello and Strawberry liquer that I do from time to time - I'll dig them up and post them soon.

    One trick I use for liquers and other stuff is I built a small essential oil still from a discarded Mr. Coffee carafe and a large cork, plus a little copper tubing cunningly soldered with no-lead solder coupled to an aquarium pump submewrged in a sin full of cold water.

    Wifey grows huge amounts of herbs during our long summer and inevitably winds up with much more than we can use, even if we dry the surplus, so I tinkered this thing together and started rendering the oils out of the surplus Basil, Oregano, Thyme, etc.. Rather a simple operation - chop the botannicals fine and place them in either water or vodka ( or everclear if you can afford it) then distill slowly and the essential oils drip out the snout to be collected.

    Water is the safer method but rendering is slower and the oil will not keep as long - as a preservative I sometimes add a small amount of vodka to the oil - this extends life a bit. The alcohol method is quicker and lasts longer but is just a little dangerous because of the alcohol vapors liberated in the process - you must never use the device with an open flame as the heat source - I always use a cheap hotplate I bought and disabled the thermostatic control on - thermostats tend to let the temperature get to where it needs to be and then shut off briefly, come back on, etc. - this causes uneven results and is really a pain in the butt.

    The gizmo works equally well with fruit flavorings too -use the orange lime or lemon, grate the peel making sure you don't get a lot of the pith ( produces a bitter off-taste) and into the gizmo with some water or vodka and run off the oils - You'd be surprised how powerful and concentrated the flavors are - useful for everything from liquer making to salads, baking, etc.

    If anybody's interested I'd be glad to email ( or post, as soon as I figure out how to post an image) a crude drawing of how the still can be made rather cheaply (I'm willing to bet there are more than a few members who have tinkered with devices similar to this in the past - hopefully somebody will weigh in)

    Meanwhile, when I get home tonight I'll dig out a couple recipes and post them - They're probably very close to the excellent version posted here as Limoncello making is pretty cut and dried but very worthwhile to execute and enjoy!



    Mulepacker: On your crusie did you try the national breakfast drink of ther Bahamas? Coconut rum and orange juice.....When Dottie and I visited the Bahamas we were offered a sample by some sheisters who were trying to get us to upgrade our package - Delicious! since then we always keep a bottle of Cruzan coconut rum in the cabinet for Sunday mornings.

  8. redbrinkman1955

    redbrinkman1955 Smoking Fanatic

    Hey Bob
    Sound like you can do some good oils I would like to see your unit.
    I will try it out on mine( Copper tea pot,Stainless pot,stainless hose(water hose supply),copper drip tube see pics below
    Good Luck and Good Brewing
  9. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    That one somehow got by us. Probably a good thing. I can't start my day without a glass of OJ, and coconut is one of my favorites as well, be it candy or whatever. I might not make it to work if I got going on that mixture>[​IMG]
  10. coyote-1

    coyote-1 Smoking Fanatic

    I'd had it before, but back in October the wife and I were on the Amalfi coast. That region is apparently the home of limoncello.

    It's great stuff! Of course, the wife went whole-hog and got the limon candles, soap, etc to go with the booze lol
  11. k5yac

    k5yac Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Alton Brown just made this on Good Eats the other night. I had to go pull up the recipe. I think I'll be making some too.
  12. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Love the stuff!
  13. iadubber

    iadubber Meat Mopper

    This stuff is great! I've been making it since I saw Alton on Good Eats make a batch. Soooo goood!
  14. autoferret

    autoferret Meat Mopper

    I always thought that it was made w/ vodka. bought a bottle last time I was in Italy. Man is that stuff incredible!
  15. redsix

    redsix Newbie

    Good stuff...I just noticed today the bottle getting a little light in the freezer. I always use Meyer lemons if I can get them. Might try oranges the next time around.
  16. It can be. I use the everclear and end up with a great product... I usually dillute to about 80 to 90 proof. Vodka leaves you with a less potent product.
  17. You can do it with vodka also. Good vodka is just pure alcohol (everclear) that has been diluted.

    It depends on how strong you want it. I have seen it at about 40mproof or stronger. If made with vodka, you just dilute more with sugar and less water.

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