Saturday, December 20, 2008

Limoncello and Cherries soaked in rum

So we started with quite the mess...

We pealed a LOT of lemmons!

For the cherries we did a couple little test jars so that every week we can try one to see when they are done! Introduce our new monthly blog!!! Cherry testing
So the left test jar has spiced rum "Tattoo Jerry" to be exact an the right has white Bacardi rum. Both have jarred cherries

TA-DA!! in the end no more mess...The results will have to be discussed in following months!

Although we did not use a recipe for the cherries, we are followinga recipe for the limoncello.


15 lemons* 2 bottles (750 ml) 100-proof vodka** 4 cups sugar 5 cups water * Choose thick-skinned lemons because they are easier to zest. ** Use 100-proof vodka, which has less flavor than a lower proof one. Also the high alcohol level will ensure that the limoncello will not turn to ice in the freezer.

PreparationWash the lemons with a vegetable brush and hot water to remove any reside of pesticides or wax; pat the lemons dry. Carefully zest the lemons with a zester or vegetable peeler so there is no white pith on the peel. NOTE: Use only the outer part of the rind. The pith, the white part underneath the rind, is too bitter and would spoil your limoncello. Check out my web page on How to Zest.Step One: In a large glass jar (1-gallon jar), add one bottle of vodka; add the lemon zest as it is zested. Cover the jar and let sit at room temperature for at least (10) ten days and up to (40) days in a cool dark place. The longer it rests, the better the taste will be. (There is no need to stir - all you have to do is wait.) As the limoncello sits, the vodka slowly take on the flavor and rich yellow color of the lemon zest. Step Two: In a large saucepan, combine the sugar and water; cook until thickened, approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Let the syrup cool before adding it to the Limoncello mixture. Add to the Limoncello mixture from Step One. Add the additional bottle of vodka. Allow to rest for another 10 to 40 days. Step Three: After the rest period, strain and bottle: discarding the lemon zest. Keep in the freezer until ready to serve.

The only changes we made were using Skyy Vodka not 100 proof because we were being cheap : )

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