Wondering what seagulls and surfer pics have to do with cocktails and lemons??
We were up visiting our son (who lives in Newcastle) and being a struggling uni student has various jobs on the go. One of them working at http://thelanding.com.au/ a pretty hip, cool bar and restaurant. So being Mothers Day, I, of course order a cocktail, because its my day and I want to be spoilt. This caught my eye! It's called the Canary Wharf.....signature cocktail created by Josh Obrien. Its no secret I love lemons and when I had a read of the ingredients I knew this one was for me. Refreshing and not sickly sweet ....perfect.......and it got me thinking.......
What is going totally nuts in our garden/ mini orchard at the moment? Lemons!!! ......and lots of them. Waste is not a word in my vocabulary and with Josh's delicious cocktail for inspiration......
Lemons were collected......
How good do these look............
50 ml Vodka
30 ml Lemon juice
15 ml sugar syrup
2 tsp lemon curd (I will get to that later)
Pop all this into one of those cocktail shakers with ice (I put a fair bit in) and shake away baby.
Do you know how strange that felt? Making a cocktail! On my lonesome! The middle of the day! It wasn't even the weekend...and there I was shaking away, pretending I was this cool bartender person.
Ok now I am on a roll.....
Lots more lemons to go..... how about starting a batch of Limoncello....YES!
10 -12 Lemons unsprayed or organic
750 ml Vodka or (wodka as I call it)
1 1/2 cups water
21/2 cups sugar
- Peel lemon into long strips using a vegetable peeler, taking only the rind and none of the white pith. Place lemon peels into a large glass jar, pour in vodka and stir gently. Cover jar and store in a cool, dry place for 4 weeks, stirring once a week. Mine goes in our freezing cold laundry.
- After vodka mixture has been stored for 4 weeks, Stir together water and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, until sugar is completely dissolved. Let sugar mixture cool completely.
- In a fine mesh sieve strain lemon peels out of the vodka mixture and discard peels. Stir in sugar syrup into the vodka. Line the strainer with a coffee filter or muslin cloth and pour the Limoncello through the filter. Repeat this process 2-3 more times until Limoncello is clear.
- Transfer the Limoncello to bottles and refrigerate before serving. Store in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 1 year. It won't last a year though!
In a months time I will show you how it all turns out. I must be patient!
Now I have piles of peeled lemons! Tomorrow I will show you what to do with this lot.
Do you have a favourite Lemon recipe that you would like to share?