make limoncello. It took a lot longer to do than I had planned. Making limoncello is actually easy. You basically peel lemons and then scrape off all the pith and put the pithless rinds in a jar with some alcohol. I chose vodka. I made limoncello once before with Everclear; it tasted like rubbing alcohol. Okay, well I’ve never actually tasted rubbing alcohol, but that’s what it smelled like and my limoncello was horrible. It was a waste. So this time, I took my time and really made sure all the pith was off which was pretty time consuming – hence the “it took longer than I had planned” part. For those who don’t know the pith is the white stuff on the inside of a rind, and when making limoncello that pith will ruin your liqueur. I followed a recipe just to insure I had the right proportions and used 10 Meyer lemons. I choose vodka because I’ve had success making liqueurs with that before. I made jelly out of the remaining parts of the lemon. If the limoncello doesn’t come out, at least I have the jelly. That tasted good, it takes like lemonade in a jar.
I also finished making the pineapple liqueur. It’s okay tasting, just a hint of pineapple. I think I may have let it sit too long, which I didn’t know was possible. My son said he had some made by someone else, and they only let it sit overnight and their’s was delicious. Next time I’ll try it that way. The lilikoi, however, I know tastes better sitting. I tried it yesterday, it was okay. I need to add more lilikoi, but we don’t have any currently, so I’m waiting. You can see the pineapple liqueur in the top left corner of the picture.
For the limoncello, the recipe said let it sit for 3 days, so I will do that and see what happens. Crossing my fingers it comes out okay because we have so many lemons, and this would make a really nice Christmas gift. I bought some really pretty bottles at Ben Franklin the other day just for this purpose.
We should have plenty of coffee this year, so I’ll be making my coffee liqueur like I do each year. For coffee liqueurs I usually use rum instead of vodka for the alcohol. I like making liqueurs because it’s a different way of preserving what we grow, they’re easy to make, and they’re the perfect gift to bring when invited to a holiday party.