Our recommendation from an area pro
From Joe Renaud, Beverage Director, Home Grown Café
For this month’s drink, I wanted to do something fun but also something you can enjoy for a long time. I love Limoncello. It’s great for celebrations and a nice nightcap after dinner. While the preparation and time to make it are tedious, the reward is well worth the wait.
Things you’ll need:
• 4-5 Meyer lemons
• 10-15 blueberries
• 1 liter bottle of vodka (I use Stateside)
• 2.5 cups of simple syrup (Buy it from the store, or make your own—see below)
• 1 vessel that can be sealed and will keep unwanted flavors out
To make simple syrup:
• 2 cups of sugar
• 2 cups of water
• Combine water and sugar. Bring to a boil and let simmer until it’s been reduced to half of its original volume.
To make Limoncello:
• Peel all the lemons, trying not to get any of the white pith on the peel.
• Place the peels and the vodka into your vessel.
• Now, wait for about two weeks.
• After two weeks, strain it, and mix in the blueberries and simple syrup.
• Put it into two bottles with airtight caps.
• At this point, you can chill the limoncello and drink it as is.
Joe’s tip: I freeze mine to remove any excess water and strain out the ice. After this, you have made Limoncello, so celebrate with a glass or two with people you love.