It’s safe to say that I am a little obsessed with ‘Cello recipes. Fruit and vodka, the perfect combination!!
I wanted to try a variation on Limoncello, so I looked to it’s green cousin, the lime and went with a Crema version. And Crema di Limecello was born. I added some vanilla beans to cut the harshness of the lime, and substituted milk for the water.
And with summer *practically* around the corner (It’s probably going to snow next week, because Minnesota is a cruel old broad) so I needed to have a summery and tasty little drink on hand to keep me sane until it really is Summer.
Crema Limecello Recipe
3 cups of vodka, I used Grey Goose
10 organic lemons, peeled then juiced
2 whole vanilla beans
4 cups of 2% milk
1.5 cups sugar
Make sure all limes are scrubbed under hot water and soap with a brush. Peel limes with a vegetable peeler carefully. Try to only peel off the skin without removing the white pith underneath. It is very bitter and will make the liqueur taste bitter as well. Put peels in large glass container with the vodka. Set aside.
Juice the limes. You will get around 1.5 cups of juice
Next, make the simple syrup. Add 4 cups of milk, 1.5 cup of sugar, the vanilla beans with the seeds scraped and pods, and the lime juice to a medium saucepan. Place over a high heat and bring to a boil, stirring once in a while for about 3 minutes. Let syrup cool to room temperature and then add to the vodka, vanilla bean pods included.
Let mixture sit for AT LEAST 48 hours in a cool, dark place. When you are ready to serve, strain out the lime peels and vanilla beans and store in the fridge. Serve over ice, with soda or champagne. Makes around 8 cups. If you decide to freeze it, it will freeze close to solid, since there is a lot of milk. DO NOT fill your glass container fully or it will explode in the freezer like one of my bottles did. Oops.
Side note on organic limes: I had a hell of a time juicing the organic limes…they were pretty dry. But I did have a back up bag of regular limes that saved me and brought my lime juice up to 1.5 cups. I did only use the organic limes for their peels to soak in the vodka.