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Anyone Ever Make Bergamot Infusion or Limoncello Type Liquor?

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I bought some amazingly fragrant bergamot and have it soaking in Grain Alcohol right now.

It is not quite as fragrant as the fruit itself was, but it smells promising.

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  1. I've made Limoncello, turned out great but don't really drink it much as there is so many citrus liquors around.

    1. where did you find the bergamot? I haven't seen any fresh in years. I have some of the bergamot herb, but it is quite different.

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      1. re: JMF

        Hey JMF. I live in Boston and there are some really superb produce places here.

        The Bergamot I bought was from Russos:

        http://russos.com

        The single most fragrant citrus I've ever bought. Heck, you could use the zest as cologne...

        Not sure extracting in grain alchohol will even do justice to how good it smelled fresh.

        How is the new farm/distillery project coming along?

        1. re: StriperGuy

          Had the surveyors up on the farm today. Hope to plant the grains in a few weeks and start construction of the distillery in april or may.

          1. re: JMF

            VERY COOL. Good luck with everything.

          2. re: StriperGuy

            I went over to Russo's and bought some of the Bergamot --- I get the "earl grey" aroma from it -- very fragrant. I made a syrup from sugar, the juice, and the peel (peeled as thin as I could manage). I let the peel cool in the syrup -- still, the piece of peel I chewed on afterwards was pretty bitter. We'll see how the syrup ends up tasting. (I also bought some of their Meyer Lemons and did the same syrup-making thing with them. I haven't tried to use either of the syrups yet.)

            Thanks for the tip -- I've never found Bergamots before -- the season must be pretty short.

            1. re: johncb

              I found the juice to be pretty insipid so just chucked it.

              The Bergamot zext extract I put a dash in with some Cachaca on ice last night and it was very tasty.