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Limoncello

Beverages, DrinksTove Balle-PedersenComment
Limoncello.

Limoncello.

Limoncello is an Italian liqueur made from hard alcohol, lemon zest and sugar. It’s like bringing the sent of the lemon zest into a drink. Could you imaging anything better? - Not really, right? My first encounter with limoncello was with a store bought version. And I was really disappointed. The synthetic lemon flavor were really off-putting.

Fast-forward 5-8 years. Our lemon tree was booming with fruits. I wanted to give homemade limoncello a try. Trying to preserve the fantastic lemon flavor, without getting the bitterness. Especially the latter have been the pittfall for others, or so I was told. So I was a bit nervous when it was time to taste my own batch. I tasted the lemon-infused vodka, and it was strong, very STRONG. Tasting the final result, finally calmed me. I had been able to create what limoncello should taste like. A sweet lemon taste, without the bitterness. And served over a lot of ice, it was just perfect.

You can serve the lemoncello over ice, mixed with sparkling water or in cocktails. Or you can pour it over ice cream or in this delicious Limoncello/Liquorice Tiramisu.

Makes 8 x 475 ml bottles.

Ingredients:

  • 25 organic lemons

  • 1.75 liter 100 proof vodka (I used a blue Smirnoff)

  • 1300 g sugar

  • 1.75 liter water

Directions:

Wash the lemons with a brush and hot water to remove any reside of pesticides or wax, pat the lemons dry.

Steeping the lemon zest.

Steeping the lemon zest.

Peel the lemons with a sharp knife or a potato peeler. Be careful to only get the yellow zest, cutting away any of the white part, otherwise the limocello gets too bitter. Place the lemon zest in a large, glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Pour the vodka over the lemon peel, tighten the lid of the jar. Give the jar a gentle swirl, to make sure you get the best extraction of flavors.  Store in a cool, dark place for 15-40 days, swirling the jar daily. I’m not sure if the swirling is totally necessary, but I did it anyway. The longer the mixture rests, the better the end taste will be. I had mine in a cool hallway closet.

When the now lemon-infused vodka is ready, strain out the bulk of the lemon peel, set aside.  Bring sugar and water to a boil in a large pan over high heat.  When boiling, remove pan from heat and stir in the lemon peel. Let the mixture sit and cool to room temperature. Strain out and discard the lemon peel.  Carefully mix the syrup with the lemon-infused vodka, and filter the entire mixture through a funnel into clean bottles. I have a fine mesh strainer for my funnel, so I won’t get any small lemon particles in my limoncello.

As soon as the limoncello is chilled, it is ready to drink. The flavor and texture will be best ice-cold. I store my limoncello in the freezer, but it freezes solid. I guess the alcohol content is too low to stay liquid.

Serve the limoncello over ice, perfect for sipping on a hot day.

Enjoy!


Coffee Baileys Float

Beverages, DessertsTove Balle-PedersenComment
Coffee Baileys Float

Coffee Baileys Float

Having made the Cupid Float the other day, I needed a not so sweet option, a more adult option. I do love coffee and Baileys. So why not combine the two into a cold coffee Baileys with some ice cream or a cold affogato. 
So if you need an easy dessert, not having to slave in the kitchen, this is the perfect option. If you do not like coffee, you can substitute the coffee with your favorite chocolate milk, and even switch out the Baileys with a splash of cognac. The possibilities are endless. 

Adult floats makes great desserts.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 scoops vanilla ice cream 
  • 2 espresso, cold, or strong brewed coffee
  • Baileys Irish cream, just a little splash
  • whipped cream
  • chocolate sprinkles

Directions:

Scoop ice cream into a tall glass, pour the cold espresso over the ice cream, add a splash of Baileys. Top the drink with whipped cream and sprinkles.

Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

Cupid Float

Beverages, DessertsTove Balle-PedersenComment
Cupid Floats

Cupid Floats

Floats are a big thing here in the US. We had floats in Denmark too. I remember having raspberry soda floats at birthday parties, growing up. We might not have had a name for it, but they were a part of our life.

We rarely celebrate Valentines Day, because my husbands birthday is the day before, and how much celebration can one muster 😉 

Ingredients:

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Cherry 7-Up
  • Whipped cream
  • Sprinkles

Directions:

Scoop the ice cream into a tall glass, slowly pour 7-Up over ice cream and top with whipped cream and sprinkles.
Enjoy the cupid float with your special somebody!

Apple Pie-tini

Drinks, Holiday, ThanksgivingTove Balle-PedersenComment
Apple Pie-tini

Apple Pie-tini

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers in the US (and Americans in general).

As a somewhat newly arrived Dane in the US, Thanksgiving is a Holiday we just have to pass to get to the December celebration. I have never been too fond of turkey. Well, I had a very good roasted turkey at a Thanksgiving celebration at my dorm in Denmark. We had an American exchange student (Andy) living there, and we all went all in on making a big Thanksgiving celebration with him. And as for most dinners with young people at a dorm, it turned in to a great Party. This party is still my fondest Thanksgiving memory.

I hope you all are enjoying the holiday.

Makes 2 drinks

Ingredients:

Drink:

  • 90 ml vanilla vodka

  • 90 ml apple cider, unfiltered

  • 25 ml lemon juice

  • 1-2 tablespoons honey

Decoration:

  • 1 apple, in slices sprinkled with lemon juice

  • 2 cinnamon stick

Rim:

  • lemon juice

  • baker's sugar (extra fine sugar)

  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

Cut up the apple and sprinkle the slices with lemon juice to prevent them turning brown.Mix sugar and cinnamon on a shallow plate. Make sure not to have any lumps of sugar. Pour some lemon juice in another shallow plate. Dip the rims of the glasses in the lemon juice, shake them to remove any excess juice. Dip the rim of the glasses in the sugar mixture, making sure to cover all of the rim.

Mix the ingredients for the drink in a shaker with ice. Pour the drink into the glasses and decorate with apple slices and cinnamon sticks.

Enjoy!

Grapefruit Margarita

DrinksTove Balle-PedersenComment
Grapefruit Margarita

Grapefruit Margarita

I love a good margarita, but I have mostly been making frozen margaritas, and mostly made from frozen Minute Maid Limeade. I think It was time to try to make a more simple margarita from fresh ingredients. This is what I came up with. The grapefruit juice gives the margarita the bitterness I normally get from Triple sec. I like that these margaritas are on the weaker side, but feel free to add more tequila if you like a stronger drink. This pink margarita was perfect on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Makes 2 drinks.

Ingredients:

  • 1 fl. oz. (30 ml) lime juice
  • 4 fl. oz.  (120 ml) grapefruit juice
  • 2 fl. oz. (60 ml) clear tequila, (I used Patrón Silver)
  • 1 teaspoon light agave nectar
  • ice for shaking and in the glass
  • a little lime juice and baker's sugar for the rim

Directions:

Add tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice, syrup and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a sugar rimmed glass.

Please drink responsibly. 

Enjoy!

Grapefruit Margarita

Grapefruit Margarita