Homemade Limoncello

I have never tasted limoncello before.  I don’t know if any is sold in the local markets.  But I saw it in one of the free ebooks I downloaded from Amazon, and the internet is full of instructions and recipes on how to make it.  And everyone, I mean EVERYONE, says that the homemade version is loads better!

So here is my version –

I used 3 cups of vodka and 10 lemons, taking care not to include the white pith with the peel, which steeped for about 2 weeks.  After straining the mixture I added simple syrup (1 cup sugar and 1 cup water) and stored in the fridge for 1 week and in the freezer for another week.

Truthfully, hubby did not like it much (he preferred the homemade Irish cream!)

 

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B’s Hot Chocolate 2018 Christmas ed.

B: mommy, can you make me hot chocolate? With marshmallows?

M: of course

(Of course, i had to deliver more than what was asked… added chocolate on the rim, and topped the whole thing with ice cream and choco syrup!)

B: Wow mommy! It’s beautiful!

(And after tasting it)

IT IS SOOOOOOOO YUMMMYYYYY MOMMYYYYY! You’re the best at making the best stuff!

(I so love it when she thinks I’m the best 😍)

Homemade Irish Cream

I tried my hand at mixing homemade liqueurs last Christmas but for some unknown reason I skipped the recipe for homemade Irish Cream.  Maybe it was the astronomical price for Irish whiskey…

This year however, I decided that i would try to make the recipe even if I used ordinary whiskey!!!  I don’t know what difference it would make in the recipe but at the end of the day, plain whiskey is what I can afford (and believe me, the price of the real Irish Cream is cheaper than the price of Irish whiskey!!!)

So I followed this recipe and it’s fantastic!  When they said that the homemade version is way better than Bailey’s, they weren’t kidding!!!

It is sooooooo yummy that I will be  making another batch in the next few days!  The recipe says that it is good for 2 months in the fridge.  Well, I know this for sure – it will long be gone before then!!!

Dark Chocolate Vanilla Liqueur

A couple of years ago, someone gave me Cacao Liqueur as a Christmas gift.  It was so delicious that I wanted to learn to make it.

Fast forward to the present and I think I have the liqueur that I adoringly love!  I’d been experimenting and, in fact, last Christmas, I made a batch and gave them away as gifts.  The liqueur was made with cocoa powder and they were delicious (as the recipients attest) but it was not (yet) perfect for me.

I wanted a rich, dark, deep chocolate-y flavor and a thick, creamy texture.

This time I think I got it after a few experiments.

My secret?  No cocoa, but bittersweet chocolate, thinned with milk!

(I re-used the nice decorative bottle of the Cacao Liqueur.)

Chocolate Hazelnut Liqueur

The first batch I made was technically what they call “Nutellino“, which is essentially Nutella liqueur.  It was fast and easy to make and the recepients (friend S and brother E) proclaimed the drink “super yummy”.

But I suppose I wanted a bit of a challenge, so I went on to look for a “from-scratch” recipe… and this is what i found.  It was not exactly what I had in mind – I was looking for something creamy… a consistency similar to Irish cream… so I started to experiment a little.

First I did away with using cocoa powder.  I melted bittersweet chocolate (62%) with milk and a bit of cream.  After cooling, I added toasted hazelnuts and vodka and steeped everything for a month, after which I strained the mixture and used a decorative bottle.

I loved the texture – it was creamy, sweet, nutty, chocolate-y!

The picture shows the third batch I made, which was intended for hubby’s friends.  The bottle is actually a plastic water bottle which hubby preferred to a decorative glass bottle, saying that after drinking the liqueur, the water bottle can be reused as a carry-on water bottle by his friends!