Limoncello taste test...

10 November, 2012

And the results are in.

But quickly, a little backstory. A while back my colleague Sonia came into a glut of lemons, and when she brought them in to work, offloaded as many as she could and still had mountains of them, I decided to lend a helping hand and take some to make limoncello with. Due to the conflicting information in limoncello recipes I had found on the interwebs, I also decided at this time to make three lots and infuse the lemons for different periods and see which one tasted best.

Therefore, for the last few months there have been three bottles of lemon peel slowly maturing in vodka in my kitchen; one for one month, one for two months and one for three months. As each bottle hit its end of infusion date, I drained the now lemon infused vodka using a sieve and tossed the now pale lemon peels into the compost (I hope that won't cause any problems...). Then a sugar syrup of one part water to two parts sugar was made and cooled, and then mixed the lemon vodka liquid to taste. I found the sugar syrup from about two cups sugar and one cup water gave enough syrup to achieve a nice but not overpowering sweetness to the 750ml lemon vodka in each bottle.

The last batches infusion period finished in early November. I now had my three ready-to-drink bottles of limoncello!


I then gathered my independent research participants (i.e. my family) and conducted a blind tasting.

And the results were.... pretty much tied. Of the five tasters, three preferred the two-month infused batch, and two preferred the one-month infused. But that said everyone agreed there wasn't much to pick between them. We all agreed the three-month infused batch was a little more bitter tasting.

So there you have it. From now on I will only bother infusing the lemon peels for one to two months. Thus making limoncello development a quicker turn around. A good result all round, I think.

5 comments:

  1. An altogether excellent result as I put some rind in vodka about a week or so ago so a month would be mid December which frankly is perfect timing for Christmas.

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    1. Perfect timing indeed! It's a perfect summertime drink!

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  2. Excellent, this is extremely handy. Thanks to you and yours for being the research bunnies! I will be making limoncello for a late summer drink.

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    1. Funnily enough, no one complained about being a research participant...

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  3. Eek after reading your blog I made up a batch 2 mths ago. Best get it out of the cupboard and do something about it quickly. Thanks

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