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Italian Lemon Aperitif

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  Lemons 4 (6 oz.each)
  Sugar 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Vodka 3 Cup (48 tbs)

1. Rinse 3 lemons; if waxed, rub with a cloth under hot running water. Dry with a cloth. Grate yellow part (white is bitter) from lemons to make 1 tablespoon.
2. In a 2- to 3-quart pan, combine peel, sugar, and vodka. Stir often over medium heat until mixture reaches 125° to 130° (hot to touch), about 5 minutes. Watch carefully; if overheated, fumes may ignite. Let cool.
3. Meanwhile, cut the 3 grated lemons in 1/2 and ream 8 to 10 tablespoons juice. Add juice to vodka mixture. Pour into bottles; seal airtight. (If seals are rubber or synthetic rubber, cover glass top with plastic wrap to protect seals; alcohol can soften them.) Store at least 2 days or up to 1 week in a cool, dark place. Pour through a strainer lined with 2 layers of damp cheesecloth into an 8-cup glass measure; return to bottles. If desired, pare fourth lemon to get long, thin strips of peel and drop into bottles.

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Stir Fried

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 3257 Calories from Fat 6

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 0.7 g1.1%

Saturated Fat 0.09 g0.45%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 14.2 mg0.6%

Total Carbohydrates 425 g141.6%

Dietary Fiber 10.9 g43.6%

Sugars 399.6 g

Protein 3 g5.6%

Vitamin A 1.4% Vitamin C 297.7%

Calcium 14.6% Iron 9.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Italian Lemon Aperitif Recipe