Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Overnight Limoncello (REALLY, OVERNIGHT!!!) 52 Grilling Time Secret Extras

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Limoncello is one of those legendary drinks, served on the Italian coast at sunset as you ponder your day, anticipate your evening meal or just relax... Italian style.

In my home, a jar of Limoncello just may pop out of my freezer as an aperitif while I am "resting" a brisket just before slicing to set the mode for a great fun backyard BBQ.  Just  a little bit of Tuscany in my back yard!

In the past, it would take 6-8 weeks to make a jar of moonshine Limoncello.  Using this overnight method I can make a jar in about as much time as it takes to slow smoke that brisket!  And best of all, the difference in taste is very minimal.

On a basic level, Limoncello is a sweet infused lemon vodka.  Beautiful light lemon color, sweet with just a smidgen of liqueur flavoring.  This is deceiving in it's alcohol content, meant to be sipped and savored.  Serve a shot at a time... An 8 ounce glass will leave your guests a bit too over served.

This recipe came from a new book I was asked to review... Infuse: Oil, Spirit, Water by Eric Prum and Josh Williams.  If you follow the link (click the blue letters) you will be able to see a few pages of the book in  BEAUTIFUL photos, very easy to follow instructions and truely inspirational ideas.

I also infused a couple of the oils as suggested... Chili oil to make a white pizza POP, Basil oil to accent the Earthy natural flavors of a tomato and mozzarella Caprese Salad and a Garlic Thyme infused oil to flavor a thick juicy Tri-Tip steak/roast.  Everything was just as easy as could be to make and added a lot to the meal!

The book and the Limoncello get 5 star review from me.  Easy, beautiful presentation and a valued asset to my growing library of inspirational cookbooks... SO many ideas, so little time!

OK... Here's what I did...

Overnight Limoncello

  • 2 Cups Vodka (I used Lemon Vodka)
  • 2 Cups Simple Syrup (see recipe for instructions to make your own... You need 2 Cups Water and 2 Cups Sugar)
  • 4 Medium Lemons, scrubbed and cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 2 Pint Size Mason Jars
Cooking Directions
  1. First, make the simple syrup, in a medium size sauce pan warm over low heat 2 cups water with 2 cups sugar. Stir every minute or two. Do not allow the pan to simmer, simply heat until the liquid is clear and the sugar has been absorbed into the sugar, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for an hour.
  2. Add the vodka to the syrup and stir to mix.
  3. In sterilized Mason jars, add the slices of lemon, leaving an inch clearance from the top.
  4. Seal the jars and shake. Let infuse at room temperature for 12 hours (I actually waited 24 hours).
  5. If serving within a day or two, keep the lemons in the jars for a dramatic presentation, store in the freezer for a few hours for chilled serving (highly recommended on a warm summer evening). If storing for more than a few days, strain through cheesecloth and discard the lemons. Keep a jar in the freezer for several months, the alcohol in the vodka will prevent the liquid from freezing.
  6. Serve over ice in a rocks glass and enjoy!

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review." But the review and opinions are 100% accurate and mine!"


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Grilling Time Secret Extras" or "52 Ways to Cook BBQ and Grilling Recipes"!!!

Well over 52 recipes actually as I just can't stop... Over 100 in one grilling season (I love to grill!). But not just leat... Drinks, Condiments (LOTS of different BBQ sauces), Drinks, Desserts... even specialty items like GRILLED Pizza, and fun shaped Watermelons.  Easy and these ideas will make you the MASTER of your Backyard Domain!


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