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Tips for Making Cranberry Meyer Limoncello?

ChristinaMason Dec 17, 2013 01:08 PM

I got a bag of ~5 Meyer lemons and a bag of fresh cranberries in the hopes of making a cordial. Does anyone have experience making limoncello blends? I was thinking I would zest the lemons with my microplane to avoid too much pith, then infuse either Everclear or a high-proof vodka with the zest and cranberries, strain, and add simple syrup to taste. Any educated guesses as to how much liquor to infuse and for how long? How much simple syrup (1:1 water:sugar ratio?) to add?

Thanks!

  1. ChristinaMason Dec 24, 2013 09:29 AM

    Bump. Would love your tips. I'm debating between using 100 proof vodka and Everclear. Any opinions?

    1. ChristinaMason Dec 24, 2013 12:48 PM

      Alright, here goes nothing:

      5 Meyer lemons
      1 bag cranberries (12 oz.)
      1 750ml bottle Everclear

      I zested the lemons and juiced three to make approx. 1/2 c. juice, which I froze. Picked over and rinsed the cranberries and simmered on the stovetop in approx. 1/3-1/2 c. water until bursting. Funneled the cranberries, zest, and Everclear into a bottle and shook to combine. That will sit in the fridge for about 8 days (longer than I'd like, but I'm going out of town, hence the chilling to slow extraction).

      When we get back, I'll boil a simple syrup of 2/3 c. sugar and 2/3 c. water. Cool, strain in the lemon juice and the alcohol infusion and then bottle. If that's not enough sugar, I can always add more simple syrup.

      By the way, I looked to these recipes for the basic method:
      http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/michael-chiarello/cranberry-vodka-recipe/index.html
      http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~scheydec/li...

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      1. re: ChristinaMason
        suzigirl Dec 24, 2013 12:56 PM

        It sounds wonderful. I would love for you to report back here when you taste it. That would make a tasty gift.

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