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Got a recipe for Lemon Liquor?

pyangas Nov 9, 2009 11:02 AM

When I was married, we used to make a home made Lemon Liquor from Everclear, sugar and lemon zest. When aged, it was great stuff. Mixed with Barenjager, the German Honey Liquor, it made the best Lemon & Honey for a cold you ever had in your life!!

My ex never gave me the recipe for the Lemon Liquor. Help anyone??

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  1. jerryc123 RE: pyangas Nov 10, 2009 04:01 AM

    What you are describing is commonly referred to by it's Italian name "Limoncello."

    There are a lot of people who blog about "making Limoncello" and you can find them by googling those two words.

    There is also a pretty good thread about it here, in this thread...

    I never thought of mixing Limocello with Honey liqueur for a cold. I will have to give that a try.

    1. invinotheresverde RE: pyangas Nov 10, 2009 08:22 AM

      I'm curious what you mean by "when aged".

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        pyangas RE: invinotheresverde Nov 17, 2009 08:03 AM

        As I recall it recommended aging it a minimum of 3 months (knowing how good it was, it was always hard to not crack it open before then). I inherited a liter or so when we divorced, and it sat in boxes with my other bar remnants for 10 years. With that kind of aging, it was incredible.

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          invinotheresverde RE: pyangas Nov 17, 2009 08:22 AM

          The lemon and sugar need the intital meceration, yes, but spirits don't age once they're in the bottle, save for a bit of evaporation.

      2. JohnE O RE: pyangas Nov 10, 2009 12:10 PM

        I make a simple version that I affectionately call "Kentucky Cognac". Get a glass jar with a lid and that has a mouth/opening wide enough to fit a piece of citrus. Put an upside down shot glass on the bottom of the jar and pour in 1 C of Everclear. Then put a piece of citrus (my fave is orange or lemon) and set it on the shot glass so that the fruit does not touch the Everclear. Put the lid on the jar and wait about a week. The fruit will 'sweat' its essential oils into the Everclear. After a week take out the fruit and add about 1 C of simple syrup. It tastes best for about a week and then the flavor intensity starts to diminish.

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