When Life Hands You Lemons - Make Limoncello

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#3
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I'm a big fan of lemoncello. We first had it on the isle of Capri. On our first Princess cruise we discovered that they made it. The chef gave us a recipe but it was not done as they did in the video. I have read numerous articles and recipes and have made it myself 4 times - most recently last week.

The recipe/method I used calls for grain alcohol (Everclear) - which I think works better than vodka since there is no taste. And the lemon peel is soaked in the Everclear for 10-14 (or more) days. Then is combined with a simple syrup of sugar and water.

Very easy to make - and keeps in the freezer for a long time - if your friends don't drink it all!!

Yum - Yum
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Northwoods2. Lovely. Could I please have that recipe? I luv that stuff. Larry
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#6
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Here's the recipe as I got it from Princess. But I found this way to strong so have adjusted the recipe as shown below. You can adjust it to your desired sweetness level.

Ingredients

1 liter grain alcohol
16 lemons
300 gram sugar
1 liter water


Directions

Peel the lemons making sure that there is no white part. Place the lemon peel inside of thebottle containing the grain alcohol and let it marinate for at least ten days. After ten days separate the alcohol from the peel (throw away the lemons peels). In a skillet pour the water and sugar at the same time and bring it to the boiling point, make sure that the sugar is melted completely. Slowly add the lemon flavored alcohol. Let is simmer for a few minutes. Take it off the flame, cool and place in the refrigerator. To be served very cold.


Adjusted recipe:
2 750 ml bottles of Everclear
24 lemons
7 cups sugar
11 cups water

Steps are the same.
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Originally posted by NomDePlume
Thanks for both recipes--where does one find Everclear in the States?
You can get Everclear in most any liquor store in the States I believe. Our grocery store carryies liquor and always has Everclear.
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Thank you!!
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We found the limoncello quality varies from ship to ship...our favorite was on the coral...


and for Northwoods2 ... so you just use the very outermost part of the lemon peel, and not the rest of the lemon? could I use a lemon zester or veggie peeler for this? Thanks!
#10
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The Everclear also varies by state on the alcohol content, or at least it used to. Florida had more then California... unfortunately I live in California but I'm checking it out next time I'm in Florida. Brought back 10 bottles one year - really threw off the guy checking our luggage.
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#11
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Originally posted by NomDePlume
Thanks for both recipes--where does one find Everclear in the States?
You can't buy Everclear in some states (New York being one of them) but, I was able to find it in Maryland.
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#12
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Originally posted by whale-watcher
We found the limoncello quality varies from ship to ship...our favorite was on the coral...


and for Northwoods2 ... so you just use the very outermost part of the lemon peel, and not the rest of the lemon? could I use a lemon zester or veggie peeler for this? Thanks!
The Coral was the ship we first had it on

Yes, just the outermost part. I use a sharp veggie peeler. A friend uses a lemon zester. I prefer the veggie peeler then it is easy to strain the liquid without getting any lemon peel matter.
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Originally posted by LENORA516
You can't buy Everclear in some states (New York being one of them) but, I was able to find it in Maryland.
I've bought it in Wisconsin and Iowa.
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#14
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The reporter in the video says that not only Princess is the only one to make homemade Limoncello but it's FREE!!

Is that so?

I do remember being offered Limoncello at the end of Italian night, but I don't remember it being FREE??

MC
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Originally posted by northwoods2
The Coral was the ship we first had it on

Yes, just the outermost part. I use a sharp veggie peeler. A friend uses a lemon zester. I prefer the veggie peeler then it is easy to strain the liquid without getting any lemon peel matter.
I will swing by the store on my way home tonight...thanks!

Originally posted by Marie-Claude
The reporter in the video says that not only Princess is the only one to make homemade Limoncello but it's FREE!!

Is that so?
...no, not free...but you do get to keep the (very cool) glass that it is served in.
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Originally posted by Marie-Claude
The reporter in the video says that not only Princess is the only one to make homemade Limoncello but it's FREE!!

Is that so?

I do remember being offered Limoncello at the end of Italian night, but I don't remember it being FREE??

MC
Well, the limoncello is "free", but you have to pay for the glass it's served in. I know, it's all the same - but it's a legal technicality since the liquid is not purchased, they can't charge for it. I usually come home with 8 glasses - they make great Christmas gifts.
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Originally posted by LENORA516
You can't buy Everclear in some states (New York being one of them) but, I was able to find it in Maryland.
Thanks--One can find anything in Maryland...
#18
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If you have a very large liquor store nearby you can buy Caravella Limoncello originale d'Italia imported from Italy. I actually have a bottle in the freezer presently.

I am too lazy to make it.

Mike
#19
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Hi,

Limoncello is one of my favorites. I have two bottles in the freezer right now. One bought locally and the other is from Italy. Italy limoncello has a higher alcohol content and you can certainly feel it after having 2 shots. I always come home with a few extra glasses.

MC- Are you ready for Italian night? I am! (minimum of 2 for myself)

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