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Homemade limoncello wedding favors

Make your own wedding favors with a kick!

By The Editors of TheKnot.com Nov 28, 2012 8:22PM

limoncelloWant to know a unique, DIY favor that is great tasting and different than any other favor you've seen? Try this: a homemade limoncello recipe.
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Limoncello is an Italian, lemon-flavored liqueur that is served as an after-dinner drink. It's very common on dessert menu and makes a fun wedding favor too.

What You'll Need
• one bottle everclear (at least 151 proof)
• one bottle vodka (80-100 proof)
• 15-20 large thick skinned bright yellow lemons
• large clear glass jar (to hold your mixture)
• 3-4 cups filtered tap water or distilled water (not mineral water)
• 3-4 cups pure white sugar
• cheese cloth

How to Make It:

Step One
1. Pour the bottle of everclear and the bottle of vodka into the large glass jar.
2. Clean all of the lemon skins thoroughly with a vegetable brush. Dry the lemons. Use a peeler or zester to zest the yellow part of the skin off the lemons. You don't want any pith (the white part) to get into the mixture, this will make it bitter. Try to make the pieces as large as possible, it will make the straining process easier
3. Add all of your lemon zest to the jar and stir gently.
4. Cover the jar tightly with a lid and store in a cool, dark spot (not in the fridge).
5. Stir your mixture about once a week. Let the mixture sit for anywhere from 8 days to 40 days. The mixture should turn bright yellow and start to smell like lemons.
6. Gently stir lemon peels.
2. Scoop out one of the larger peels and test the flexibility. Ideally, when the peel breaks like a potato chip, you know you're ready to move on to the next step.

Step Two
1. Dissolve the sugar in the water and bring to a boil over high heat on the stove. Boil for 5 minutes or until the mixture is totally clear. This should make you 3-4 cups of simple syrup.
2. Set aside the simple syrup to cool.
3. When cool, add the simple syrup to your mixture. The more simple syrup you add, the lower the overall alcohol content you'll have and the more syrupy your limoncello will be. As you stir the mixture should start to feel more like a liqueur.
4. Return the infusion to a cool, dry place for up to 40 days (or for at least 8 days), and repeat the process of gently stirring the mixture about once a week.
5. The mixture should look bright yellow, and once everything settles, it should be fairly clear.

Step Three
1. Filter you limoncello using the cheese cloth and a funnel and strain into smaller bottles. Flip-top 80ml clear glass bottles are an excellent size for wedding favors. Just make sure whatever bottle you pick can seal tightly.
2. Since it's homemade, your limoncello should be consumed within about 6 months for the best taste. It will get smoother with age.

• Depending on how much simple syrup you added, your limoncello will be about 45% alc/vol.
• Serve your limoncello chilled in a small cordial glass, a shooter, or in a lowball glass over ice.



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