Limoncello/orangello

So my husband got this wild idea to make his own limoncello. He decided to make one lemon and one blood orange. He split a big bottle of grain alcohol between the two containers and they have been steeping now for almost two weeks. He told me he needed to put in more alcohol and the simple syrup once it steeped.

Anyway I'm writing to make sure this is correct seeing as he tends to veer off course with recipes to suit himself and I don't want to end up losing anything by messing it up. Basically my question is what do I do next? TIA!
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I don't know of anyone adding more alcohol, but you do add the syrup at this stage.
I'm not sure if he added enough to begin with honestly. It is only a bit over the peels. I could try and take a picture.

Any idea how long to let it steep after adding the sugar? And is it necessary to filter it a lot? I recall it being cloudy and not clear.

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Last edited by curlysue21; 03-22-2012 at 07:03 PM.
This is the recipe/technique I follow (no lavender.) Limoncello Recipe : Michael Chiarello : Food Network
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I'm not sure if he added enough to begin with honestly. It is only a bit over the peels. I could try and take a picture.

Any idea how long to let it steep after adding the sugar? And is it necessary to filter it a lot? I recall it being cloudy and not clear.

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Originally Posted by curlysue21
Once you add the sugar you seal and chill for a month, usually.
Add the syrup, strain, seal, chill.

It doesn't matter if he doesn't have that much alcohol, it just means he'll end up with less and should use less sugar. I think he probably has a good amount but it doesn't look like a lot because the containers are big.
This sounds perfect for the summer months ahead. I think I will try this.
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I've used a recipe that uses the zest and juice of 6 lemons. For this one you make the simple syrup first, adding the lemon juice and zest, then adding the cooled syrup to 750 ml of vodka. It steeps for a week, then you strain it. It's quite potent - I can't imagine making it with grain alcohol.
I thought he was making Grappa with it because of the grain but he read it was better to use something stronger because it won't freeze up or it extracts better? Maybe I'll just add a touch more sugar to it to make it more palatable.

I just asked him about it and he said he understood after we add the sugar to let it steep longer but as I'm reading up more, I don't think that will be necessary.

I'm already looking up recipes to use with it. A cocktail or spritzer of some kind sounds tasty. I almost wish we did a grapefruit kind seeing as that's my favorite.
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Current HG: Kinky Curly errythang, GVPCB, LALSG

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I've used a recipe that uses the zest and juice of 6 lemons. For this one you make the simple syrup first, adding the lemon juice and zest, then adding the cooled syrup to 750 ml of vodka. It steeps for a week, then you strain it. It's quite potent - I can't imagine making it with grain alcohol.
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Do you still have the recipe Suzen??? Tia
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Audrey Hepburn
So we completed the process this weekend. I tasted a wee bit of it and it seems very potent. I'm not sure how strong its supposed to be. The flavors are great and there is just enough sugar, but I worry that the alcohol is just too strong. I'm not sure what to do, if there is anything.
2b/c, medium/high porosity, medium/coarse texture
Current HG: Kinky Curly errythang, GVPCB, LALSG

"I will never be the woman with perfect hair, who can wear white and not spill on it."

I've never had orange, but real lemoncello is pretty strong.
I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
Audrey Hepburn
Kind of late but..... You do not add the alcohol when you add the simple syrup. I make it and it is amazing. We made a bottle a few weeks ago and it didn't last to long bc we drank it all. Everyone felt great (buzzed or drunk) and it didn't take much. Good stuff and easy to make.

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