- Hi, folks,
I have seen suggestions that lemons used for limoncello are best if
they are slightly immature (slightly greenish colour.)
From my recent experience I think that would be right.
The lemons I used (the only ones available) were thoroughly ripe, the
peels were bright yellow.
The limoncello had a harsh, sharp taste which I believe came from what
I would call 'lemon oil'.
For the technically minded, I have seen citrus-peel-based cleaning
fluids described as containing 'limonene' (I think, from memory) which
is probably the same thing. It smells about the same.
It seems to me that this 'lemon oil' would develop as the fruit becomes
fully ripe and mature and that there wouldn't be much in slightly
It is also quite possible that I left the lemon zest too long in the
alcohol, and that that increased the unpleasant 'bite' in the aroma and
especially in the taste of the limoncello.
I have been fooling with this stuff and have made a practice sample a
lot better, breaking the strength down (in terms of flavour) by adding
water; and adding alcohol and extra syrup to keep the alcohol and
sweetness balance right.
And when this 'bite' is reduced, the lemon zest flavour also has faded
So I have added a little lemon juice (in the first trial I added a
higher amount which tasted really nice at first but left an unpleasant
acid taste in the mouth for hours afterward), and some glycerine and a
little, good quality lemon essence.
Probably sacrilege but I don't care as long as I can save the 35 litres
of limoncello and have something that tastes nice. I still have to
experiment a bit but the result so far is encouraging. Fairly good but
not there yet.
Next year I will see if my wife and her neighbour can strip the
neighbour's lemon tree (they freeze the juice to use later and I get
the peels) while the lemons are slightly immature; the juice should
still be fine and the limoncello delicious!
The common response is, "Yes please, I will have another."
--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, Robert Hubble <zymurgybob@...>
> Thanks for that info, Mal.
> Now I *know* I have to try it. Have your friends tasted it?
> And what did they think of it?
> Zymurgy Bob, a simple potstiller