Spring is here, but the bi-polar weather is still sticking around. I am leaving for vacation but I am just going to my parents in Pittsburgh. So it would be nice if it would show some warmth while I am there. This time my trip to Pittsburgh is actually a relaxing one now that my dad is better, in fact, he got the clearance to go back to work. So things are starting to get back to normal for my family.
So with that chapter of my life over and done with, it times to start on new chapters. One is I have decided to not to renew the Lovely Pink Diva domain. It served a purpose but my heart isn’t into that blog like it is with this. Truthfully, I think I should not have tried to resurrect it. It will convert to a blog spot URL when the domain expires, I think I just have it as product reviews I do, and keep it simple like I do with The Recipes of Disney.
Change can be scary, but change is necessary sometimes, like the weather, we need winter, spring, summer, and fall. All those seasons the weather is changing, though recently the weather has been bipolar I know. In that respect of changing, my Girl’s Night In Series is coming to an end. I got to work with some wonderful alcohol companies in creating recipes for you guys. I hope I was able to get you to like some new liquors as I did this series. It is time to move on to my next series idea.
How to end this How to have a girl’s night in? A drink, of course, it is a way to toast this popular series goodbye. Punzone Italian Vodka was so smooth when I got it. From the website:
Ultra Premium Punzoné Vodka is uniquely crafted in a five-column distillation system from organic Italian wheat grown in Piemonte, Italy. Our vodka is precisely balanced with pristine water from the Italian Alps to ensure that no unnatural additives taint its unmistakably smooth, velvety consistency, resulting in superior organic excellence.
Quality is Luxury Punzoné is the only organic vodka brand to win the coveted International – Five Star Diamond Award from the AAHS two years in a row. Only brands of the highest quality and standards are selected. Punzone has been designated as the finest in its category and classification for 2012 and 2013.
Tasting notes: Punzoné Vodka has character like no other ever created and it quality surpasses any other in its category. The nose is subtle, the taste is bold yet distinctively soft and the finish cool and refreshing.
Limoncello kept coming to my mind, but to make good Limoncello, you need to age it. I saw a recipe for a tonic, a friend was sick and I admit I was looking for a good old fashion hot toddy for him to drink, when I saw this Italian version of a hot toddy, that was when I was inspired. What if we did a slow simmer of simple syrup, lemons, and a vanilla bean, then add the vodka?
It turned into a great idea. It is Limoncello, but without aging, with the vanilla bean, it gave a different spin. I asked my friend what can we call it, since it, not a true Limoncello, the Italian Tart was born. It a bit easier to make than traditional Limoncello, just like a tart is in real life. I admit I like the play on the words.
Limoncello without aging, can it be possible? Yes, it can be! This recipe is a quick way to have a Limoncello, it made from Punzone Italian Vodka. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.
- 6 lemons sliced
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 cups Punzone Vodka
- Dissolve the sugar in the water and bring to a boil.
- When it starts boiling add the lemon slices, honey and vanilla bean. Stir, then reduce heat for the mixture to low so that it can simmer. Allow it to simmer for about 2 hours. Stirring every once in awhile.
- After about 2 hours of simmering on low, add the 2 cups of vodka.
- Continue simmering for another hour, stirring every once in awhile.
- After it that hour, take it off the heat and strain out the lemons and vanilla bean. Put into into a glass carafe or pitcher and let it chill in the refrigerator.
- Once it has chlled, rim a glass in sugar if you like and ENJOY!