But better late than never, right?
This month's Recipes to Rival challenge is brought to you by Lauren of Fried Pickles and Ice Cream. A little summer taste of Italy! A delicious and simple antipasta (appetizer), Bruschetta and a digestivo (after-dinner drink), Limoncello.
Now, I have made bruschetta eleventy-billion times, but Limoncello is something that I have always wanted to make at home. I just made a small batch and it turned out wonderfully. Now I am looking around to see what else I can flavour booze with.
What? Why are you looking at me like that?Bruschetta
4 slices Rustic Bread
2 cups chopped Roma Tomatoes
1 clove Garlic
4 to 8 leaves Basil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Heat grill or grill pan to medium high heat
Slice THICK pieces of bread-Place bread on grill until each side has a nice golden color
Rub garlic on top side of each bread piece
Pile tomatoes on-sprinkle one big pinch of salt per piece on top of the tomatoes
Generously drizzle olive oil on top of tomatoes (about 2 to 3 tablespoons per piece)
Add basil to the top
1 liter grain alcohol (um, wha? I used vodka)
5 1/2 cups water
5 large lemons (or 10 small lemons)
2 1/2 cups sugar
Gently wash lemons in cool water to remove any dirt
Peel away zest from lemon leaving as little pith (the white stiff) as possible.
Put peels in a large sealed jar or container (I reused the alcohol bottle)
Pour alcohol over peels and place container in a cool place.
Leave the mixture for 7 days.
Every day give the container a little swirl. You will see the alcohol become darker and darker every day.
After 7 days, strain the alcohol by using a coffee filter. (I used a fine mesh strainer)
Prepare the simple syrup. Bring the water to a boil and add the sugar to dissolve.
Mix the syrup with the alcohol. (I let the syrup cool a bit first) BE CAREFUL... DO NOT DO THIS NEAR A FLAME!!!
Pour the limoncello into bottles or containers.
Let cool completely. Store in the freezer until ready to serve! *Date your limoncello. After a year it will no longer be delicious.
Mmm, tasty lemony goodness. Perfect for an after dinner sipper.