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Author Notes: Before the holidays each year I used to make my own lemoncella. It was beautiful and tasted good too. Then it seemed like overnight everyone I knew was making the stuff. So, somewhere I found this recipe . It was so long ago and I have so many cookbooks and recipe sources that I cannot remember which one it came from. However, the recipe is sooo simple that it is unforgettable...so is the taste! —dymnyno
Serves l litre
1 large orange (I prefer navel)
44 whole roasted coffee beans
1 litre vodka or moonshine if you have a supplier (like someone in the Southern states)
44 white sugar cubes (which is the equilivent of 44 teaspoons of sugar)
- Take the large orange and stud it with 44 coffee beans. Push them firmly into the flesh of the orange (It will smell wonderful as you work)
- After you have studded all the 44 coffee beans into the orange, put the orange into a large glass jar or crock.
- Into the glass crock , pour a litre of vodka (any brand...don't spend a lot of money) or moonshine.
- Into the glass crock with the studded orange and the litre of vodka, put 44 sugar cubes (I use the French ones)
- Leave the glass crock with the orange, vodka and sugar cubes in a sunny spot for guess how long? 44 days!
- Gently shake up the mixture every few days.
- After 44 days, remove the orange. The sugar will be disolved.
- Using cheesecloth and a funnel, strain the liqueur several times. Then pour it into nice looking bottles and gift.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Coffee
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Edible Gift