The post-holiday return to work is sort of like the adult version of the first day back to school, with everyone showing off their brand new fashion finds and sharing in the gifts they received from family and friends. While I’ve now run out of new tops to wear, I am excited to share a super easy recipe from a book I received for Christmas- Infuse by Eric Prum & Josh Williams. It’s filled with beautiful photography of interesting and often very simple concoctions of fresh ingredients paired with oil, water, or spirits. Many of their recommended infusions take 12 hours or less and most of the infusion recipes are followed with another recipe that uses the infusion in a dish or cocktail. Perfect!
Over the holiday break my mom and I were reminiscing about our trip to Italy this past fall… it already feels like it was so long ago! One of the things we all loved indulging in while we were there (besides lots of gelato) was the sweet, citrusy after dinner liqueur Limoncello. When I came across an infusion recipe in Infuse to make overnight Limoncello I knew I had to give it a try! A traditional Limoncello recipe takes weeks to create but by using many lemon slices these guys figured out a way to get maximum flavor impact in a minimum amount of time. The final infusion flavor is a little different than a standard Limoncello, with a hint of bitterness coming from the lemon pith. It’s certainly still very delicious and incredibly sip-able. Give it a try!
Easy Overnight Limoncello
Recipe from Infuse by Eric Prum & Josh Williams; Makes 10 oz. of tasty Limoncello-inspired liqueur
5 oz. of vodka
5 oz. of simple syrup
1 lemon, sliced into ¼” thick rounds
16 oz. Mason jar
- Simple syrup can be purchased at the grocery store but is also super easy to make. Simply combine ½ cup of white sugar and ½ cup of water in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Let the combination cool before using in the recipe.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a Mason jar, cap it, and shake to mix everything together.
- Let the mixture infuse at room temperature for 12 hours.
- Strain through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer. The Limoncello-inspired infusion will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
- Enjoy this tasty infusion on its own in a chilled shot glass, perfect as an after-dinner digestif! It would also work great as a citrusy-sweet ingredient in many cocktails!