WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS! LIMONCELLO AND A LEMONY COCKTAIL WILL DO JUST FINE......

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............

Ingredients

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!

Ingredients

10 -12 Lemons unsprayed or organic

750 ml Vodka or (wodka as I call it)

1 1/2 cups water

21/2 cups sugar

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?