OK, so the thing about summer is that it’s so frickin’ hot that I never really have any motivation to cook anything. Who wants to stand in front of a hot stove/oven when it’s 95 and humid? I mean, yes, I have A/C, but just knowing that the air outside is thick enough to swim through really takes away a person’s appetite. So lately all I really want to do after work is sit on my couch, in my air conditioned apartment, and suck down an endless stream of cold beverages. Frozen margaritas, rum punch, lemonade, daiquiris, agua frescas…etc etc.
After a string of recent posts on summer beverages, my friend Karen accused me of getting lazy with my blog. How rude! I obviously did that one post about stuffed burgers two weeks ago, and then there was the mille feuille post last weekend…and before that there was the…uh…Ok fine. I’ve been making a lot of drinks lately. Like I said, it’s hot, and all I want to do is drink stuff. Whatever.
And this limoncello recipe wasn’t a total walk in the park. I had to peel eight lemons. Eight! By hand. Without a vegetable peeler. Have you ever tried peeling a lemon with a butcher knife? Not easy, especially when you have to manually remove the pith from the peel too. Phew. Talk about cramped hands.
But aside from the lemon-peeling, this limoncello really wasn’t too hard to make. It was more a matter of patience, since the peels have to be soaked in vodka for four whole days, and then once simple syrup is added the mixture needs to sit overnight before it’s strained. After that, the stuff still has to chill for a couple hours before it’s served. I am not a patient person, so I skipped the last two steps. I let the lemon-infused vodka and syrup marinate for about an hour and a half before I decided I just had to have a taste.
Whew, this stuff is much stronger than I expected. I don’t know why I thought it would be less strong — it’s just vodka and sugar water, after all. Very tasty though — sweet and lemony and refreshing. But, probably would be better served chilled, as intended.