My mom, La Contessa, as she was known in Italy, passed away Friday night.
She will be missed.
Services will be held Sat June 18th at 11am
St John Vianney Church
Walnut Creek, California
Drink a limoncello in her honor! Celebrate life-- and live it to the fullest everyday.
I adore making limoncello and all the variations. My mom had a lovely lemon tree which has gone crazy with lemons and she so enjoyes making limoncello for her friends. She made several bottles for my sisters 50th birthday party which was in Feb, where the above foto was taken.
I suggested that for her funeral service instead of depressing memorial cards- we print out the limoncello recipe and make a recipe card with my mom's foto on it. Hope they do that.
My nephew came and harvested my mom's lemons and they are making bottles in her honor for the memorial service.
Years ago I had a artist friend of mine in Florence, Angie Brooksby, illustrated a small pamphlet on Limoncello- I sent some of the illustrations to my family for the card.
Make a bottle in my mom's honor and party!
Soak the zest of 5 organic lemons in 2 cups whole grain alcohol for 3 days.
Make a simple syrup by heating 2 cups of water and 1-1/2 cups sugar.
Mix together and strain out the lemon peels.
Keep in the freezer. Enjoy!
Note: I can find Everclear ( whole grain) at Bev and More in California.
It is 75% alcohol which is 151 proof.
Cutting it in half with 2 cups of simple syrup, takes it to a 35% alcohol, you can add even more simple syrup to taste to lighten it up.
When the alcohol level is high, it won't freeze, but rather thickens and pours out icy.
If you can't get everclear, you CAN use Vodka, will take longer to make and you don't need as much simple syrup as the 100 proof vodka is already drinkable.