DIY Homemade Limoncello Wedding Favors
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- 1 bottle everclear (at least 151 proof)
- 1 bottle vodka (80-100 proof)
- 15-20 large thick skinned bright yellow lemons
- large clear glass jar ( to hold your mixture, somthing with a spout)
- step 2:
- 3/4 cups filtered tap water or distilled water (nto mineral water)
- 3/4 cups pure white sugar
- cheese cloth
- mini bottles with corks or screw on lids
- ribbon, or rafia to tie onto bottles
1Start this recipe (which I used for our wedding) about six months in advance and you'll have a totally unique favor to hand to your guests at the end of the night.
How to Make It
Pour the bottle of everclear and the bottle of vodka into the large glass jar.
Clean all of the lemon skins thoroughly with a vegetable brush. Dry the lemons. Use a peeler or zester to zest the yellow part of the skin off the lemons. You don't want any pith (the white part) to get into the mixture, this will make it bitter. Try to make the pieces as large as possible, it will make the straining process easier
Add all of your lemon zest to the jar and stir gently.
Cover the jar tightly with a lid and store in a cool, dark spot (not in the fridge).
Stir your mixture about once a week. Let the mixture sit for anywhere from 8 days to 40 days. The mixture should turn bright yellow and start to smell like lemons.
Gently stir lemon peels.
Scoop out one of the larger peels and test the flexibility. Ideally, when the peel breaks like a potato chip, you know you're ready to move on to the next step.
Dissolve the sugar in the water and bring to a boil over high heat on the stove. Boil for 5 minutes or until the mixture is totally clear. This should make you 3-4 cups of simple syrup.
Set aside the simple syrup to cool.
When cool, add the simple syrup to your mixture. The more simple syrup you add, the lower the overall alcohol content you'll have and the more syrupy your limoncello will be. As you stir the mixture should start to feel more like a liqueur.
Return the infusion to a cool, dry place for up to 40 days (or for at least 8 days), and repeat the process of gently stirring the mixture about once a week.
The mixture should look bright yellow, and once everything settles, it should be fairly clear.
Filter you limoncello using the cheese cloth and a funnel and strain into smaller bottles. Flip-top 80ml clear glass bottles (we used these) are an excellent size for wedding favors. Just make sure whatever bottle you pick can seal tightly.
Since it's homemade, your limoncello should be consumed within about 6 months for the best taste. It will get smoother with age.
Notes: Depending on how much simple syrup you added, your limoncello will be about 45% alc/vol.
Serve your limoncello chilled in a small cordial glass, a shooter, or in a lowball glass over ice.
Check out more signature cocktail ideas at TheKnot.com.
Image via MyRecipes.com.
OTHER IDEAS FOR FAVORS:
1. Quilted Wine Tote. For all you oenophiles, here's a cute idea for your bridal party or even your out-of-town welcome bags. Make the wine tote in your wedding colors, and tuck in a bottle that's meaningful to you as a couple, or something that will be served at the wedding. (Needle & Spatula)
2. Paper Hearts. The photo here doesn't really do this project justice. These cute paper hearts can sweeten up the room in the form of a cute garland to decor for a bridal shower. (Upon a Fold)
3. Paper Rose Pomander. How cute would your flower girls look carrying one of these paper rose pomanders? Sure, you'll need a little patience to twist all those flowers together, but it's well worth the effort, we think. (Hearts Hands Home)
4. Sugar Scrub. Just looking at this yummy photo makes us want to run home and take a long hot bath (especially during these winter months -- did I mention it's cold up here?!). These scrubs look like the perfect bridesmaid gifts. (Smart Bottom Enterprises)
5. Napkin Ring Template & more. We love these pretty napkin ring templates, plus that gorgeous table runner. Going for a rustic chic look? We just found your table decor. (NonPareilMag.com)