The first time I tried limoncello was way back when Matt and I had first started dating. He’d recently been on a backpacking trip around Europe and had brought back a bottle of limoncello he purchased from a reputable looking fellow on the side of the road in Sorrento. It was delicious! Since then we’ve always talked about trying to make our own, so when my parents gave us a huge bag full of lemons from their tree, it seemed the perfect opportunity.
We hunted around on the internet for a recipe and decided to try this one. So far it’s been really simple to make and now we just have to wait 30-40 days before it’s ready to strain into bottles. We can’t wait to taste it, although we’re a little nervous that it might not live up to the memory of the authentic, homemade, Italian bottle of delight that gave us our first taste of limoncello.
Flavouring our own liqueurs is becoming a bit of a Christmas tradition for us. Last year we made cherry liqueur, which was very nice, but a little sweet for my taste. The limoncello will be ready to drink just before Christmas. It’s nice to have a special homemade drink that’s a little bit different to offer family and friends who call in over the festive season. Sitting outside on a balmy summer’s night with good company and a glass of icy cold limoncello sounds just delightful, don’t you think? A bottle of this with a pretty handwritten label would also make a lovely Christmas gift.
We didn’t have a 2-3 litre jar, so we separated it into two slightly smaller jars. As we only needed to use the peel to make the limoncello, we still have the rest of the lemons to use up. So I called up my Mum to ask for the family lemon cordial recipe! Stay tuned as I’ll be sharing it here very soon!
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