What do you do with Buddha’s Hands? I got my pair from Melissa’s Produce at an event back in November, and while they smelled REALLY nice and made the whole apartment smell good … there seemed to be nothing to do with them.
The recommendations I found online were candied Buddha’s Hand, or Buddha marmalade, or the one I went with … Buddhacello (well, limoncello made from Buddha’s Hands) after finding the recipe on Chow.
While the recipe calls for vodka, I made it with Everclear (grain alcohol) to be a more genuine liquor.
So here’s the process. Bought two large jars, used the 2 buddha’s hands in the first photo, and used a bottle of Everclear for each jar.
Let that sit in a dark closet for about 3 months. Drain first with a colander, and then through a pillow case (as cheesecloth is supposed to be too thick). Instead of making my own simple syrup, I used one bottle per container.
Then again, let that sit for another 3-plus months.
So I started in November, drained in February, and finally bottled in June. Nice and neon yellow, and a little thick like syrup, and 8 mason jars filled (to give that moonshine feel).
I tasted it, has a kick and a bit of a lemony citrus flavor. Next batch, if I’m using Everclear again (which I will), I’ll add more simple syrup to cut down on the bite of the alcohol.