We've been getting precious little sunshine here in coastal Maine over the past few weeks. It starts to bring a girl down, gray clouds, gray fog. Luckily for me, I have a team of guardian angels who live in the heart of California, and seem to know just the perfect time to send gifts of See's Candies and Meyer lemons from their very own trees. The box of candy disappeared pretty quickly, but the lemons will be shining in my pantry for a while yet.
I zested them, and soaked the peel in a liter of good Swedish vodka. Then I juiced them, and made some extremely tasty lemonade. The lemonade is gone, but after letting the peel flavor the vodka for another week or so, I'll drain it out, mix in a little simple syrup and have limoncello that should prove to be another dose of sunshine when we need it most, tucked away safely on the pantry shelf. And the best part of all is that this sunshine in a bottle reminds me of the dearest friend that I have ever had, and these memories help me deal with all the trials and tribulations of late.
And we had an afternoon of sunshine in which to highlight it's gorgeous golden gleam.