When life gives you lemons …
A year ago, my lemon tree bloomed early. We’d been through a brief warm snap and the tree thought it was spring and went crazy with flowers. Now the fruit is ripe and the tree is LOADED with fruit. I’ve pulled 24 lemons off already … and it still boasts limb-bending, plump, juicy lemons.
Luckily, I like lemons. I like the juice in drinks, in desserts and added to savory dishes like fish and chicken. But I have close to 100 lemons on this crazy tree … the question of what to do is a challenging one.
As I pondered my citrus bumper crop, the answer popped onto my computer screen in the form of a meme. “When life gives you lemons, grab the vodka and invite friends over.” YES! Of course! That’s the answer! Limoncello!
I dashed off to the liquor store for some 151 proof grain alcohol and got to work on my favorite Italian liqueur.
The first two batches are aging in my pantry with more to come. I am dutifully following a classic recipe that takes about two months for authentic limoncello. Well … almost authentic … my lemons are Meyer lemons, not from Amalfi.
So … while I was initially shocked and considering the abundance of bright yellow, softball-sized lemons clinging to their branches in my yard as a nearly overwhelming challenge, I am now grateful for the dozens of pucker-producing peels, and the prospect of having homemade limoncello for Valentine’s Day brings me great joy!
As for the delicious juice, it is being frozen for future beverage and recipe-enhancing flavor.
There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Tackle the challenges you face with glee and creativity.
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