Thank you for taking part in our Make Your Own 'Cello stations!
Below are detailed instructions as to what to do next, as well as my email if any additional questions should arise.
1) Let it be.
1. Place in cool area away from direct sunlight. Do not refrigerate.
2. Let sit for 4 days minimum. “Agitate” once a day. Simply tip it upside down a few times or swirl it around a bit, just enough to work the liquid around the peels.
3. After 4 days, pull out a small sample with a baster. When you think there is enough lemon flavor, move onto step 2 (remember that intense lemon flavor will get smoothed out by the sugar later).
Pour through a cheesecloth into another container to catch the peels and solids. For an even cleaner finish, also run through a coffee filter one or more times.
3) Add Sugar
Once the lemons are done steeping, you will make a batch of simple syrup and add some to your lemon vodka incrementally until it has your desired level of sweetness.
I use a simple 1:1 simple syrup. Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a bot and heat until sugar is completely incorporated (no grains on the bottom and a white foamy layer begins to form on top). You do not need to bring it to a boil.
How much to add? It's personal preference. I like to start with about 10% of volume, stir, sample and then add incrementally until it is at my desired level. For a typical 'cello, it's going to make the simple syrup about 30% of the total volume.
What type of sugar? I use organic cane sugar instead of the bleached white varieties. Although it makes the color of the final product a little darker and richer, it also comes through in the taste. For a more traditional color & finish you can simply go with the C&H granulated sugar.
Once the sugar is added, I like to let it rest for at least another week for some of the flavors to continue to settle in and the sugar to become more incorporated.
After this time, throw it in the refrigerator.
Sip on its own after dinner, or make a variation of your favorite cocktail. Whatever you do, give your 'cello a nice home. You can find really cool glass containers at Goodwill for only a few dollars, and liqueur glasses are a great touch.
That’s it. Enjoy!
And if there's anything you'd still like to know, just reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org