With not too many more than the requisite 80 days left until holiday gift-giving time (Did you know that the first night of Hanukkah falls on Christmas this year?), I realized that I'd better a get move on a big batch of limoncello. The complete recipe is here; I'll just show highlights from Part 1:
|The 5-lb. bag of lemons from Costco.|
|The lemon peels—sans pith!—in the bottom of the big jar. Not shown: The cramped hands resulting from peeling all the lemons.|
|The aforementioned lemon peels covered in 750 ml of 100-proof vodka.|
Stay tuned for Part 2, in 40 days.
But wait! There's more!
|The lemon juice, nearly a quart. Not shown: The cramped hands resulting from juicing all the lemons. And as we all know, when life gives you lemons...|
Make a simple syrup by cooking 1/2 cup water and 2 cups sugar just until the sugar dissolves. Stir until smooth. Mix with lots of lemon juice (24–32 oz.) and stir again. Keep in fridge until children demand lemonade (or look so cute sitting there with their snacks that you want to surprise them). Mix about 3 parts cold water/ice with 1 part lemon syrup, depending on how sweet or tart your kids like their lemonade. Get kissed by happy kids. (Oh, and you can keep the rest of the lemon syrup in the fridge for a repeat performance.)