Limoncello…FATTO!!

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My Limoncello is DONE!!!!!!

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My wait is over and WOW it was GREAT!!!

I enjoyed my first batch of Homemade Limoncello with a good friend of mine, Paul, after a nice dinner of steaks, grilled cabbage and onions with Perogies…It was all so good and what a cool beautiful night is was outside as we sat enjoying the weather and looking out at my beautiful luscious green lawn!! (which I really cannot take credit for as my Dad does a GREAT job in keeping my grass green and cut…Thank you DAD!!!)

So after I pulled the jar out of the darkness of the cabinet

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I strained out the lemon peels

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Lemon peels are good for your disposal if you have one 🙂

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Then I pour it into a glass bottle that I had saved (Voss Water bottle)

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and then Freeze (keep it in your freezer) and enjoy!!!!

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Check out my first two posts if you missed them

First     https://whatscookingwithchefamy.com/2013/03/18/ciao-bella-limoncello/

Second     https://whatscookingwithchefamy.com/2013/04/25/limoncello-part-two/

Pour it!!!

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and ENJOY IT!!!!!!  Ciao !!!!!

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Mint Julep’s for the 139th Running of the Kentucky Derby!

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Yes we have Mint Julep’s in the house!!

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How can you have a Kentucky Derby Party with out Pie…I covered that in my last post 😉

Or without Mint Julep’s!!!!

HAPPY DERBY DAY EVERYONE!!!!

So cheers to the Kentucky Derby that will run tonight at
6:24 pm est.

It’s just simple all you need is some Kentucky Bourbon!!!

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And the official sliver mug…okay I don’t have that but if you
would go to the Derby your’s would be served in them 🙂

Mint Julep Cup

Ingredients

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sugar and water in a pan to make a simple syrup

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I use about a 1/4 cup of mint, then I muddled it with the end of a wooden spoon

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Done muddling 🙂

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Then I add ice, bourbon, simple syrup, cap it

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Shake it, pour over crushed ice

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Then serve with a garnish of mint

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Recipe

Kentucky Bourbon 1 – 1 1/2 oz each glass
Mint – lots of mint, to muddle in glass
simple Syrup – 2 – 4 tbsp. its up to you
2-4 tbsp. water, club soda, 7up etc.
Crushed ice

Simple Syrup is equal parts water and sugar (mine is dark because I use pure cane sugar) heat in a sauce pan stirring to melt then let cook for a couple of minutes then let cool before using.

Okay as I was out last week look what I found

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Yes this is a Mint Julep Soda

Plantation Style Mint Julep Soda

The soda was pretty good, it was like Sprite or 7up with Mint, I enjoyed it, it was rather refreshing if I do say so myself 🙂

I also poured a little into my “Real Mint Julep” 🙂

So now I’m ready for the Kentucky Derby, I one for each hand 🙂

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Cheers everyone!!!

HAPPY DERBY DAY!!!!

Oh and don’t forget your hat!!!

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Limoncello……………….Part Two!!!

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Okay everyone its been 42 days!!!  Hello old friend 🙂

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It is turning yellow and I can’t wait to move on to

Part Three…Drinking it 🙂

If you missed Part One you can click here

https://whatscookingwithchefamy.com/2013/03/18/ciao-bella-limoncello/

So let move to Part Two

I added my sugar to my pan with water

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over medium heat and stirred until sugar was dissolved 

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once dissolved I let cook for 1 – 2 minutes

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remove from heat and let cool completely

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once cooled add to your jar, give a shake

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Recipe Part Two

1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup water

add sugar and water to sauce pan, heat and dissolve over medium heat, once sugar has dissolved cook for 1 -2 minutes more.  Remove from heat let sugar water cool completely.  Then add to jar, give a shake and put it back in a dark cool spot for another 42 days…every week or so give the jar a shake.

Goodbye Old Friend see you in 42 😉

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It’s Spring time ready for some Very Berry Sangria

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Very Berry Sangria

  • 1 bottle Smoking Loon Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (CA)
  • 1/2 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup blackberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (sliced)
  • 1 12 oz. bottle of ginger ale
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 oz. blackberry liqueur

Toss the wine, the berries, the blackberry liqueur and the sugar in a pitcher, cover and place in the refrigerator overnight. Pour in a bottle of chilled ginger ale just prior to serving. Add ice in either the pitcher or individual glasses. Enjoy!