Will make excellent home-made Christmas presents. This is a start of a few blog posts on flavoured spirits. Cass made these about 6 weeks ago. At Christmas we give home made presents and I thought little bottles of these would be good ones to add. So we are in the process of making this week so that they will be ready for Christmas gifts. We will also do cold drip coffee, biscuits and home-made jam. A plus of these are that you don’t need to sterilise the bottles – unlike making jam!
700 ml good quality vodka
¾ cup water
1/3 cup of caster sugar
A 1L jar or bottle for storing until ready
Little bottles (I am using small milk bottles) for gift-giving (60-100 ml in size)
Make a sugar syrup:
In a medium saucepan, heat sugar and water slowly to dissolve the sugar. Turn up to bring to the boil.
Leave to cool.
Putting it together:
When the sugar syrup is cool, pour into your 1L jar or bottle.
Zest the lemons. Add the zest to the jar.
Pour in the vodka.
Seal and give a turn to move the ingredients around.
Give the jar a turn every couple of days for the first week.
Using muslin, strain the zest after a minimum of 14 days. You can leave the zest in for up to a month.
The limoncello is best to drink after about a month – we didn’t wait that long! Organise into small bottles for giving just before Christmas.
Raspberry vodka, vanilla vodka, cumquat gin and cumquat brandy to come.