Limoncello , Lemoncella

Limoncello , Lemoncella

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 1920 hrs 30 mins
  • Yield: 3quarts
  • About This Recipe

    “This is a great lemony flavored vodka that is great for sipping after dinner, or anytime. I always try to keep some in the freezer.”


  • 15thick skinned lemons
  • 2 (750ml) bottles 100% proof vodka
  • 4cupssugar
  • 5cupswater
  • Directions

  • Wash the lemons well with a vegetable brush and hot water to remove any residue of pesticides or wax.
  • Pat the lemons dry.
  • Using a vegetable peeler, peel the lemons.
  • If you do get some of the pith with the zest, carefully scrape it away with the tip of a knife.
  • Fill the jar with one bottle of the vodka and the zest.
  • Cover the jar and let it sit forty days at room temperature in a dark cabinet.
  • Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan, bring it to a boil and cook until thickened, about five minutes.
  • Let the syrup cool before adding it to the limoncello mixture, along with the other bottle of vodka.
  • Cover and return to the cupboard for another 40 days.
  • Strain the limoncello into bottles and discard the lemon zest.
  • Store them in a cupboard or the freezer.
  • Reviews

  • “Excellent!I lost my origional recipe.I believe this is the exactly the same.I would not try recipes calling for fewer lemons and shorter processing time.Hardest part is the waiting, but well worth it.Second hardest part is making sure no white remains on the peel, also worth the time.Product is amazingly smooth and flavorful.When aging is complete I keep it in the freezer.”

  • “This is my second review.I am now making 7 gallon batches 2 to 3 times a year.My friend buys the vodka and the sugar.I supply the labor. French Oak chips, and dried lemon peels.Peeling that many lemons has become too much labor.Let me tell you what I have learned.Do not waste your money on high quality vodka.Se buy 1.75 liter bottles for $9 or less.Everclear is not worth the money either.I have substituted honey for sugar and it does not make a significant improvement.French oak chips can be purchased at a homebrew store and add both color and taste.I tried 3 quart batches using dried orange peels in one and brown sugar in another.The orange peels were a disappointment.The brown sugar was very nice, but not worth the cost.”

  • “”sole in uno bicchiere” I spent nine days in Italy this summer and had a wonderful time. One of the first things I did when I got home was look for a recipe for limoncello. The first one I tried was OK. This is the “sunshine in a glass” that I enjoyed in Italy. It is worth the wait! Bravo!”

  • “Not giving this any stars yet, but I am sure it will be a fiver….:) I used 80 proof cheapo vodka as a previous reviewer suggested, and I wish I would have gotten really fresh lemons. I used lemons that were “older”and the skin was really hard to get off. I made lemon bars, hummus, and lemonade with the leftover lemons. Today was the sugar syrup part and I added five cups because we like things sweeter. Can’t wait till this is ready, it is so pretty and smells so good! Stars and final rating coming!Yep! This was delish! The people I gave it to LOVED IT! It had just the right amount of sweetness for us.”

  • “In one word, “awesome”.A friend bought the lemons aand the Vodka.I did all the labor.It was so good that I have more 7 liters that just passed the 40 day mark.I gave this to family and friends who reveled in its deliciousness.”

  • “Wonderful delicious stuff! I add Everclear (151 proof) for the 1st 40 day mix, and 100 proof in the 2nd part. It calculates out to about 120 proof when finished, but tastes as smooth as honey. I also use 5 cups of sugar instead of 4.”

  • “I made this quite a while ago, and just realized I never reviewed it.It’s a hit at every get-to-gether we have.I’ve served it cold from the freezer, or over ice with sprite.It packs a punch – be careful. The directions are very easy to follow, and is well worth the wait! Thanks for sending some in the swap package – I couldn’t wait to make it myself.”

  • “I added both bottles of vodka to the lemon peels for the infusion process. After letting it rest for 3 weeks I added my simple syrup (4 cups sugar to 4 cups water) plus 1 cup fresh lemon juice with 1 cup sugar that was heated together. Then let this sit for 2 weeks before bottling.The results were amazing. I’d like to try this with oranges too. Well worth the time and effort!”

  • “Followed this exactly as directions stated, but was less than impressed. I used a quality vodka and fresh lemons off my tree, but it came out tasting like a lemon-cleaner smells. I must have done something wrong… but I can’t figure out where. I ended up just pouring it all down the drain.”

  • “This is divine! I just filtered and bottled up the Christmas presents and told my DH that I wanted to be a Scrooge and keep it all for myself! I used the 5 cups of sugar like some of the other reviewers and think I could drink it on the rocks easily. I didn’t read the directions enough times and added all of the vodka with the lemon zest and after the 40 days added the simple syrup– it is DELICIOUS! Thanks Roger!”

  • “Delish!
    As I’m writing this I’m sipping on a small glass the strained and refrigerated first batch.I cut the recipe in 1/3 and now (like most) wish I had made the full portion.Already have lemons and vodka bought for the next batch of liquid sunshine.Mahalo for the recipe and you can bet I’ll be gearing up to make this for Holiday gifts this year.”

  • “I made a batch with just 5 lemons and posted a picture of the vodka and lemon peel mixture. I’ll update with a star rating and picture of the finished product when it is finished. I am eager to give this a go!***Edited*** This is delicious. I have used it to make lemon martinis, and gave some away as well. I will be making this again, and next time, I’ll make the whole recipe. Thanks for posting your recipe!!”

  • “I made this recipe a few times and it’sfairly straight-forward. My last batch was a year ago and I was able to make 6 bottles. I just gave my last bottle away to my father, So its time for another batch. This is a very simple recipe, but make absolutely sure you clear away any of the white pith or you will have a bitter drink. The longer the infusion period, the smoother the Limoncello. Try it with Oranges for Orancello, it’s also quite amazing.Use the left over Oranges or Lemons for Orange Juice or Lemonade – Most Importantly – Have Fun!”

  • “Yum!! This is sooo good! If you can part with any, it makes a wonderful hostess gift!”

  • “Excellent recipe.I used Monopolowa Vodka and the 4 cups of sugar.At first I thought it could use a little more sugar, but I’m getting rave reviews from friends I shared the limoncello with.”

  • “Wonderful!I put this up in late June and let it work ’til early November before tasting it. It was worth the wait. The only change I’ll make when I do the next batch will be to cut the sugar down to 3 cups. This lot was a bit too sweet but I loved the flavor. Thanx for posting this great recipe. Pierre”

  • “Hi I used Taaka Platinum triple distiled vodka 40% alcohol for my try at making this, im not much of a drinker so i wanted something lighter i could handle this was very easy to make and realy simple just waiting is the longest part. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Vixii”

  • “Thank You so much for posting this recipe.I love it as do all the people I served it to on July 4th.I was asked for the recipe by all who tried it and they could’nt believe it was homemade.I will always have this on hand in the freezer.I plan on trying it over ice with club soda for a refreshing summer sipping drink.”