Day 40! Lemoncello is ready

Well, day 40 of fermentation of my lemoncello. These 40 days have actually went fast. There were days when I thought of just doing 10 days, or just 20 days, of fermentation, because I can’t wait anymore. But, I want it to be perfect. So, that meant 40 days, no more and definitely no less.

Day 39, mixed my fermentation with water, sugar and vodka syrup
Step by step complete mixture of ingredients, drain, fill bottles, then chill.

In Italy, this drink is served after a meal to refresh the pallet. About 80% of the country make Lemoncello, and they’ve been doing it for over a hundred years!

Ingredients

12 lemons

80 to 100 proof vodka 1 liter (any brand you like)

Sugar

Water

2 mason/fermentation jars (32 oz)

40 Days 😂

How to make

Peel the skins of the lemons, separate evenly into each jar. Pour half of the bottle vodka into each jar. Let the fermentation begin.

After 38 days, heat up 4 cups of water to 3 cups sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved. Let cool, then pour/stir in 1 cup of vodka into the sugar/water mixer into each jar. Let sit overnight.

Day 39, strain the jars into a bowl, and with a funnel pour into air tight bottles (got mine from amazon) and chill overnight.

Day 40! You have Lemoncello!

My Lemoncello

I hope you’ll enjoy making this drink. I sure did!

Let’s get our “drank” on! The lemoncello experience.

The title of this article says it all for me. this was one of the expressions we used back in the day, with my partying ways with my friends! We owned the town with our young fun, dancing till the wee hours, and of course our drunkinness. That’s not a real word, but it fits for this story.

Now, I’m a full, and I do mean “full” grown ass woman, who has done a bit of what my conscious considers a “learning life”. Because, if there were things I could take back or not experienced at all (like my marriage), I would, but that’s what you call “living and learning”. Basically, I’m trying to say that my life has grown to gradually introduce grown up things. Like traveling to Italy, and not just drinking flavorful wines and spirits. But, while in Italy I got a chance to learn about a drink called “lemoncello”. Yes, it was delicious, yes, it was strong, I was intrigued, because of how I was told it was made.

However, this blog is mostly dedicated to food, and equally for me travel. So I’m definitely missing a bit of Italy 🇮🇹 in my life during this pandemic. So since we have no traveling, with the risk of possibly getting a nasty or if not deadly 💀 infection. Staying home and remembering the good times of travel is most likely for most of us. Although, I’ve been recently hearing and seeing only the rich and famous still doing their usual travels to exotic locations.

So, me who loves a challenge, I decided to give it a go, and make it myself! I was intrigued, because it takes patience to make the time old drink. But, my main concern is the flavor value of this drink.

Homemade lemoncello

Stay tuned for my results and recipe! 😋