... interesting story. One of Terra's clients owns his own Italian restaurant near our house... a great BYO. At any rate, on our first visit there, we had about 1 glass of wine left (I can't remember what is was... probably an Altesino Rosso di Altesino), that we left for him to enjoy the rest of the evening. As he brings our check, he asks if we like "limoncello", but his accent is so thick, I thought he said Montalcino. So I said how I loved the stuff (thinking he was talking about Brunello). As he leaves to get us some, Terra asks "When have you had limoncello?" I asked her what she was talking about, so she informed me what he really said.
At any rate, he comes to the table with these shot glasses of his homoemade limoncello... and it was fantastic. He gave us a bottle as a gift (which is in our feezer, but about half gone), but I also asked him how to make it. Here's what I remember...
15-20 lemons (depending on the size)
1.5 liters vodka (try to find 100 proof)
5 cups water
4 cups sugar
Wash and zest all the lemons, but be careful NOT to get any white. All you want it the yellow peel.
Pour 1/2 of the vodka and all the zest into a mason jar, and store it in a cool dark place until the zest is white, and the vodka is yellow (he said this could take up to 5 weeks!!!). Also, the longer is sits, the better it is.
Next, make simple syrup with the sugar and water, and let completely cool.
Add cooled syrup and remaining vodka to mason jar and let stand the same amount of time it took for step 1.
Strain and store in the freezer.
A perfect summer-time after dinner drink.