Country Tails

March 8, 2013

Ingredients

6 Amalfi unwaxed lemons

250g sugar

1 bottle Chilled English Sparkling Wine

1 Bottle of Chase English Vodka fresh from the freezer

100g candied lemon peels

Directions

With a peeler, remove zest from each lemon in a long, continuous spiral. 

Juice lemons, and strain pulp.

Heat sugar and ½ cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add zest. 

Let syrup cool completely, about 2 hours.

Pour the fizz, vodka, lemon juice, and syrup into a punch bowl and stir. 

For the Candied Lemon Peel :

Cut lemons into slices, and remove the fruit pulp. Scrape off as much of the white inner layer as you can, this part is bitter. A spoon or butter knife will work well.

Bring water to a boil in a small pan, and add lemon peels. Boil for about 5 minutes, until tender. Remove peels from water, and stir in sugar. Return to a boil, add peels, and boil until transparent. Drain, and allow to dry before storing. Liquid may be reserved and used as lemon simple syrup.

Serve glasses of punch with candied peel

Photo taken from marthastewart.com

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