Time for another summertime sipper. Your pressure cooker takes the pressure out of putting delicious food on the table with very little muss or fuss. But there are other areas of life where a nice, cool drink helps you to depressurize. Blueberry Limoncello Lemonade to the rescue.
You can’t make the entire drink in your pressure cooker but you can make some of the ingredients, if you feel so inclined. If not, go with store bought. Nobody is going to judge when it comes to helping yourself out any way you can.
Lemonade can be made in a pressure cooker. In case you haven’t heard, I hate to boil water in a pot on the stove. The joy of owing a pressure cooker is that for many recipes, I don’t have to. Lemonade is one of them. Here’s what I do: Put 4 cups of water and 1 cup of lemon juice in the pressure cooker. Set on Manual for 10 minutes. Do a natural pressure release. Add approximately 1.5 cups of sugar to the hot juice and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Pour into a gallon container. Fill the container the rest of the way with water.
I use lemon juice concentrate from a bottle. No shame in my game. If you prefer, you can squeeze lemons for your juice. I also use real sugar. You may use the sweetener of your choice. One and a half cups of sugar may be too much or too little for your taste. Adjust to suit. Topping the juice with water is also to taste. Use as much or as little water as you like. You know how you like your lemonade.
Limoncello is a delightful Italian lemon liqueur that can be made in a pressure cooker. Made the traditional way, it can be ready to drink in anywhere from 4 days to a month. The longer you steep the lemons in the liquor, the more lemony the taste. Prairie Californian offers a quicker version. Instant Pot Limoncello takes 30 minutes in the pressure cooker. Then you allow it to cool overnight so that you can complete the rest of the process on Day 2. Of course the fastest way to get Limoncello is to go to the liquor store and buy a bottle. But the advantage of making your own is more product at a lower price.
As far as I can see, there are no blueberry liqueur recipes for the pressure cooker. Sad. However, I did find this traditional method recipe that may be adaptable to the pressure cooker. Perhaps one of the more enterprising among you may give it a try. Perhaps that may be me. We’ll see. This recipe is no frills in terms of presentation. But it is informative. Frozen blueberries are preferred over fresh. I’ll let you read it to find out why. Nothing beats experimentation when it comes to cooking. Of course you can always pick up a bottle of blueberry liqueur at the liquor store when you’re getting your Limoncello.
While I’m at it, let me throw in this recipe for blueberry puree that I ran across. Quick and Easy. Sounds delicious. Has a bunch of uses. Throw some in your Blueberry Limoncello Lemonade if you take a notion.
If your ingredients are store bought or home made, Blueberry Limoncello Lemonade is a refreshing summertime sipper that will help take the pressure off after a hard day. It’s equally delightful during a leisurely week end. And don’t forget your [affiliate link] Mason jars!
Disclaimer: If you decide to make any recipe involving alcohol in your pressure cooker, you do so at your own risk. I am passing along recipes that have been created by others. I have no experience making these recipes using alcohol so I can not vouch for how they react in a pressure cooker. If you have any doubts, don’t make them.
But you can do the lemonade with no problem.
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