Crema di Limoncello is a drink I grew to love working on the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Every time I enjoy a (small) glass of this after dinner it brings back warm memories of my Italian friends gathered around the table. I want to share this spirit with friends and family so every year they receive a bottle of this liquid sunshine. It really does spread the Christmas Cheer!When you have dinner anywhere in the Amalfi Coast, or much of southern Italy, a glass of this comes after the meal. It is a digestif which is a drink taken after a meal to aid digestion. My friends in Italy have traditional recipes passed down through the generations, as do most Southern Italian families. At their restaurant, Il Ritrovo, there are many flavors to choose from: the traditional lemon made with or without cream, orange, rose and hazelnut. I love them all but this creamy version is my absolute favorite. It’s the adult version of gelato.
*Keep in mind that this recipe contains milk and should be refrigerated or frozen at all times.
- 11 Meyer Lemons, or you can use 8 lemons and 2 oranges
- 1 750 ml bottle + 1 ½ cups of Everclear (Vodka may be substituted)
- 9 cups whole milk
- 5 pounds sugar (10 cups)
- A few gratings of nutmeg
- 2 Tablespoons of Jameson (or equivalent whiskey)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Peels the lemons (and oranges if using), being careful not to include any white pith. Place peels in a bowl and cover with the Everclear (or Vodka). Soak for one week in a jar with a lid (you will need a big one or can use a 5 gallon pot with a lid). Place this in a dark cool spot if possible.
- After a week, strain the peels & discard, keeping the flavored alcohol. Pour the milk, sugar, Jameson, nutmeg and vanilla into a large heavy bottomed saucepan. Heat gently, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Simmer gently for 5 minutes. Add the alcohol and bring back to a simmer. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
- Pour into bottles and serve as a digestif. Keep refrigerated or frozen at all times.
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