Monday, April 28, 2008

Lime schnapps

Take a handful of limes (I bought a netful the other day because I love them so, when I only really wanted one for some fish), a bottle of any old cheap vodka, Lidl's own, rather amusingly labelled 'Rachmaninoff, will do just fine (so then I had to buy a bottle of vodka to make the schnapps), and a sealable jar (I find it hard to resist buying these whenever I see them, most women, I understand, have slight container obsessions of one kind or another, boxes, jars, vases, it's a womb thing...)

Cut the limes in quarters, and put them in the jar. The smell of limes makes my mouth water and pucker at the same time, and I can't help just touching the tip of my tongue to the cut flesh. They taste more savoury than lemons, and seem to ask for salt.

Then simply cover them with the vodka,

and store it in a dark cupboard for a few months, shaking occasionally.


Then strain it and leave it a little longer. You can mix it to taste with simple syrup for a sweeter drink, or just leave it bone dry. I fancy it as part of a variation on the dessert Coupe Colonel, which was one of my favourite things last summer: good lemon sorbet liberally dosed with vodka. Don't know who the Colonel was but he can't have been fit to take command after many of those.

Many thanks to the wonderful Danish Schnapps website for this and more, you name it, if it's of vegetable origin anyway, and they'll give you a schnapps recipe for it.


21 comments:

marja-leena said...

How how wonderful the idea, the links, and especially the delicious photos. I want some limes! I love the linen too, it looks handwoven like a Scandinavian pattern.

Plutarch said...

In the words of Colonel Chinstrap of ITMA fame, "I don't mind if I do."

Catalyst said...

I just knew if I read this blog enough, I'd find out about your boozing habits!

jzr said...

Thanks for this recipe and the link as well. It's very related to what we studied this weekend at herb class and making tinctures. I'm going to try this recipe for sure. It looks delicious!

Stew said...

Yes, we like home-made booze recipes.
Whenever I buy vodka, (which isn't often) I pop a quarter lemon down its neck and keep it in the deep freeze.
Thick, syrupy lemony vodka that doesn't need ice and can be drunk neat.

Robin Starfish said...

Yum, tasty. Bottoms up.

Lee said...

Mmmm...sounds interesting. I am not a Vodka drinker (No reason, just never tried it) but love limes. Could that be the reason I need?

Lucy said...

Nice comments!
ML - treat yourself! The linen was a gift from a German friend from a trip to North Germany, so it might be Scandinavian. It's really only tea toweld, but there so lovely I keep them prisitine and use as table linen! Appropriate to Danish schnapps!

Joe - Aha, perhaps that was the colonel in question!

Cat - mmm, coupe colonel is rather like very grown up ice cream soda, in fact. Then I started thinking of other possibilities...

Jzr - before I made delicious ones with cardamon and rose petals, and served them with Indian food. It's an amazing site and has long been a favourite, though some of the recipes, black pepper and horseradish even, sound strange. They also recommend using them for cooking.

Stew - that's interesting. I was very surprised you could keep gin in the freezer.

Robin - chin chin!

Lee - I never drank vodka as vodka, but with the sorbet was a revelation, and it is very pure and without it's own flavour as a base for liqueurs, schnapps etc.

Reluctant Blogger said...

How interesting re the jar thing. I have an obsession with kilner jars. I have loads of them and I can't bear to label them so sometimes I have no idea what is them. It always struck me as odd cos I am not a collectory type person and have no real interest in things at all. But kilner jars are ace.

Can't talk about the schnapps though as I still have 6 days left of my month of no alcohol!!

Tall Girl said...

The light in these pictures is wonderful as is the lime colour. Not sure if I'd like this or not. Maybe when we finally come...

Lucy said...

Gosh, what a lot of typos and unnecessary exclamation marks in my last reply, I was a little sleepy.

RB - you could label your kilner jars with tasteful brown parcel labels on string, that wouldn't spoil the effect. Treat yourself when your six days are up!

TG - can't promise there'll be any left by then, but I might have made something else... I don't really do my culinary preparations on the sunniest windowsill, that was a bit of dishonest staging for the photographs! But the limes really were a fab colour, apparently the finished product is a pale gold, so all the zingy green must go out of them.

Avus said...

Sounds delicious! Never tried it, but could be something to explore.
Made 2 litres of sloe gin last Autumn. It was hard to leave it alone for 6 months, but it was worth it - just starting to drink it now and it is potent and rich with flavour.

Lucy said...

Sloe gin really is among the best, and we have tried many... you never got all the pectin deposits out, filter it how you will, but it doesn't really matter.

Mike said...

I couldn't get past the mixing of the vodka and the lime because that is a perfectly acceptable drink on its own.

Lucy said...

Oh Mike, I'm sorry!

katydidnot said...

uh, what can i do with the moldy bread in my bread basket and the old strawberries in my fridge? anything?

Lucy said...

Feed the birds, Katy, and eat the strawbs!

tristan said...

don't you feel even slightly guilty about corrupting this reader ?

Lucy said...

Nope!

Bee said...

Oh, this gorgeous green! Limes -- I LOVE them. (Margaritas, as you may know, are my favorite drink.)

I want to try this one, too -- especially over lemon sorbet!

Your pictures are so juicy and fresh!

kate5kiwis said...

oh wow, i'm gonna try this with gin or bacardi (i have a hideous reation to vodka).
sorry to bombard you with comments, i found that "womb" analogy fascinating.
i have quite a collection of exactly these glass jars.
and i cannot resist banana boxes, free from the supermarket lol.
mwah X