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Herbed Lemoncello

Delicious, heady, and strong! A wonderful summer drink. This is a herbed variation of "regular" Italian lemoncello.

6-8 large lemons (organic, if you can find them)
4 cups 100 proof alcohol (can use everclear or vodka, whichever you prefer or is easiest to find)
1 lg. handful roughly chopped fresh lemon verbena or lemon balm
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped

Peel lemons, leaving as much of the white "pith" on the lemon as you can.. Place the lemon peel and all other ingredients in a sun tea jar or widemouth glass jar. Let steep in a dark place for at least 3 weeks, shaking or stirring occasionally.

Next, combine 2 cups sugar and 3 cups distilled water in a large pot, and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 5 minutes, until sugar is all dissolved and the mixture is slightly thickened.

Strain out your vodka/herb/lemon mixture, using several layers of cheesecloth, or a coffee filter. Combine the sugar mixture and the infused vodka back into your (now clean) jar, and let it sit in a cool, dark place for at least a month. Finally - drink and enjoy!

This is delicious served over ice on a hot summer day, or added to a bit of lemonade. Put into pretty bottles, it makes wonderful gifts! Will keep indefinitely.

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