Sunday, January 29, 2012
Finishing the Limecello
The color in the peels was gone and the juice had become a very deep green. --------->
So it was time to make the simple syrup.
To make the simple syrup, I used 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water. Put them in a pot over medium heat and stirred until all of the sugar was dissolved.
I let the simple syrup cool to about room temp while I was working on the next step.
I used a kitchen funnel and a coffee filter to strain the juice and to catch any bits of zest that were floating around. Sometimes you have to lift the coffee filter up every once and a while because the juice will stop flowing through the funnel.
I had an old amaretto bottle lying around so I cleaned/sanitized it and hoped everything would fit inside.
<-----Here is the limecello in the bottle without the simple syrup.
And here is the final product, it just fit! ---->
I poured the simple syrup into the bottle with the funnel (no filter) and gave it a good shake.
It is drinkable now, but some say it will get more flavor in about a week. So I've been sipping on it here and there to see if it changes.
This stuff is great chilled, I have the bottle in my fridge.
It is a tiny bit bitter, I must have got some pith in there, but otherwise it is really really good. It's pretty strong too!
So 10 limes, a little under 3 cups of everclear, and some simple syrup made about 375 ml (like half a wine bottle).