Italian Limoncello or Italian Arancelo
|1 (750 ml) bottle||everclear (95% alcohol - 190 proof)|
|1 (750 ml) bottle||vodka (premium 40% alcohol - 80 proof)|
|15||large thick skinned lemons or oranges|
|3 c||filtered tap water|
|4 c||white sugar|
My husband and I have traveled to Italy to visit my husband's ancestral home. I've always enjoyed this lemon-flavored liqueur. Living in Arizona, I have access to fresh lemons and fresh oranges from my own trees. I know this recipe is a bit involved and takes patience to make and can be a bit messy but all the work is worth the effort. The Arancello works great in homemade Margaritas instead of Triple Sec or Cointreau. My Mom also loves a dollop in her tea before heading to bed.
Dry the lemons. Using a potato peeler, peel off just the yellow/orange part of the skin without any of the pith.