LIMONCELLO - MAMMA MIA!

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LIMONCELLO - MAMMA MIA!

Ingredients:

Limoncello is the refreshing lemon liquer made famous on Capri Island, and served all over Italy. I love taking a glass outside on a warm summer evening to enjoy slowly... it is easy to make in your own kitchen, and is a great gift to bottle up and present to friends. The first recipe makes the traditional limoncello, while the second one is my mother's creamy version that is sweet and silky and oh-so-decadent. Enjoy!

Prepare:

4 cups vodka
8-10 large lemons
4 cups water
2 1/2 cups white sugar

MAMMA'S CREAMY LIMONCELLO

4 cups vodka
6-8 large lemons
3 1/2 cups sugar
1 quart whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla (not vanilla flavoring)
1 cup heavy cream


How to Serve:

Wash the lemons and scrub with a vegetable brush to remove wax or other reside. Pat dry. Carefully peel the lemons, being careful to leave the white pith on the body of the lemon and not on the peel, because it imparts a bitter taste.

Pour the vodka into a large 1-gallon jar. Add the lemon peels and cover. Let the jar sit for at least 48 hours at room temperature in a dark place. The longer the peels and the alcohol sit together, the more intense the flavor.

When you are ready to proceed to the next step, combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and warm over low heat until the sugar is fully dissolved into the water. Remove from heat and cool. Combine the vodka and lemon peel mixture with the sugar syrup.

Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth or fine sieve to remove the lemon peels. You may then pour into smaller glass jars and store in the freezer. Due to the high alcohol content, it will not freeze! Simply pour and serve.

MAMMA'S CREAMY LIMONCELLO
Just as in the previous recipe, begin by washing the lemons and scrubbing them with a vegetable brush to remove wax or other reside. Pat dry. Carefully peel the lemons, being careful to leave the white pith on the body of the lemon and not on the peel, because it imparts a bitter taste.

Pour the vodka into a large 1-gallon jar. Add the lemon peels and cover. Let the jar sit for at least 48 hours at room temperature in a dark place.

When you are ready to proceed to the next step, combine the sugar and milk in a saucepan and warm over medium heat until the sugar is fully dissolved into the milk. Do not let it boil! Remove from heat and cool. When completely cool, combine the vodka and lemon peel mixture with the sugar-milk mixture. Stir in the cream and vanilla.

Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth or fine sieve to remove the lemon peels and milk froth. Distibute among small glass jars and store in the freezer. Due to the high alcohol content, it will not freeze! Simply pour and serve.

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