It’s finally done! My first batch of Limoncello is cooling as I am typing this half drunken with lemon alcohol fumes. Even Eda is walking around looking quite dazy unlike her usual no nonsense perky self.
The fumes can really get to you, and you could end up teary eyed and it shoots right up the brain. I am burping alcohol now and all I tasted was 2 teaspoons, once before the sugar syrup went in and another time after the sugar to ensure the taste was fine.
It’s fine by the way. Not that I am a Limoncello expert but I think its good enough.
This is how the 8 day old Limoncello looked before the mixing. Note the color change of the Lemon Skin, it is almost a creamy white today.
So here is what I did on this final day:
Wash Bottles and dry it, place it in the oven at 100 C for about an hour or so, then leave it in the oven to cool down. This is to make sure the bottles are disinfected and kept clean. You can buy these bottles in bottle shops. Sent the mother and somehow got these not so nice looking bottles.
Use a large ceramic bowl, the old fashion mixing bowls is a good choice here. Use a metal mesh strainer and cheesecloth. Fold the cheesecloth a few times but make sure it covers the metal mesh strainer. If you need to buy cheesecloth, in Malaysia you may need to say the Tau Foo Fa cloth, because we do not make cheese here in this country.
Shake the bottle a little and then strain the 8 day old Alcohol Lemon mixture. Be careful with the fumes as it can cos you to be teary eyed, and I even got goose bumps for some reason. Must be a trite virginal in a way to be affected like this. What can I say? Squeeze out the excess alcohol lemon from the cloth.
Pour in sugar syrup and let it cool further before bottling. Limoncello has to be thoroughly cooled down before you pour it into the bottles.
Store in the freezer, as Limoncello has to be drunk when it is slush like. So store it in the freezer a few days before use.
Drink away or watch others get hit by its innocent looks yet potent content. please forgive the ugly bottle tops, trust my mother to get the wrong thing. It is better to get screw top bottles. So keep your screw top bottles if you are going to make it.
By the way…. It makes a great gift!