[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When you’re young and idle, one of your more shareable fantasies is likely to have been an unexpected free bar on a summer’s afternoon that spills into the evening and then into the night. The first sips of this homemade limoncello took me instantly back to that fine day, when I was 20 or so when exactly that occurred: the sun was high, the breeze light and nothing mattered beyond the next few hours.
The scent and flavour are exactly of a lucky summer’s day.
Happily, this can be made any time of year and in only a week you have a remarkable drink – it’s not one of those sloe gin sit-on-your-hands-for-months recipes.
Add the zest of 4-5 lemons (depending on their size) to a litre of gin.
Three days later, add a crushed stick of lemongrass.
Four days after that, remove the zest and lemongrass, and add a sugar syrup – 750g each of water and sugar, warmed over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. As soon as it is cool, it is glorious.
Make it this weekend and your new year will be seen in with your chuckle valve fully open. It’s fantastic as an aperitif in cold cold shot glasses, or lengthened with prosecco, perhaps diluted with sparkling water if you fancy something a little less intoxicating, or if you’re quite in the mood for ‘intoxicating’ try a martini with equal amounts limoncello to vodka, with a dash of lemon or lime juice.
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