Food on the Hill: Limoncello

This week’s recipe: Limoncello
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2 bottles (1.75 liters) Vodka
25- 30 lemons, washed and dried
3 ½ cups water
4 ½ cups sugar


Peel all of the lemons with a sharp knife or a sharp vegetable peeler. Do not cut into the pith (white part). If you do get some of the pith off with the peel, cut it out!
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Set all of the pieces of peel to the side. Cut all of the pith off the lemons, and throw the pith away. Slice the lemons into ¼ inch pieces and seed as you go.

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In a large glass or ceramic jar, place the lemon slices and the lemon peel. Pour over the vodka.
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Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 6 weeks.
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At the end of six weeks, in a large sauce pan put the sugar and water. Heat the mixture until the sugar dissolves completely.  Cool the mixture and then add it to the vodka mixture. Stir just a few times to insure the sugar water has been mixed thru. Taste the mixture; does it seem sweet enough for you?  If not, mix a little more sugar and water and repeat. Set the vodka aside again for 6 weeks.

At the end of the second 6 weeks, strain the mixture into a large pan.

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Bottle and chill.
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