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Homemade Limoncello Recipe

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I have been wanting to share this recipe for such a long time! Have you tried Limoncello? How about a Homemade Limoncello Recipe? Get ready to be wowed!

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I clearly remember my first time trying Limoncello-it was about ten years ago when I had first moved to Italy to be with my husband who was stationed near Venice.  He took me to a lovely family run restaurant called Æolia out in the country. There were hardly any patrons that evening and the owners were kind enough to give us a tour of the wine cellar under the restaurant-it was carved out of solid rock, amazing.

How to Serve Limoncello

After an amazing dinner of Faggotini with Proscuitto and Pear (to this day one of my husband’s favorite meals) we made our way to the bar where the owner asked us if we’d like a bit of limoncello to finish the evening.  We had no idea what it was but agreed nevertheless.

He poured two shot-glass sized servings and placed them in front of us.  Being the young, just-out-of-college girl I was, I asked him if I was supposed to drink it quickly like a shot of liquor or drink it slowly.  He replied in what is now one of my favorite sayings from our time overseas: “In Italy, everything is slow.”

That was a huge lesson that I learned in Italy, to take the time to savor and enjoy the simple things in life whether it be an after-dinner limoncello or a slow walk around the town piazza.

How to Make Limoncello at Home

Nowadays, with my three crazy boys running around I rarely take the time to stop and enjoy the simple pleasures-but I did manage to make myself a little reminder with this homemade limoncello recipe.  I love this and it would make a great hostess gift or holiday gift as well!

When you are ready to gift your homemade limoncello be sure to check out our tutorial for making a gift bag from wrapping paper!

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Homemade Limoncello Recipe

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Create your own homemade version of Limoncello, a classic Italian lemon liquor.


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  • 6 lemons
  • 750 ml vodka
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water


  1. Zest lemons being sure not to go too deep-you want only the zest, not the white portion of the peel
  2. Combine the zest with the vodka in a large jar or pitcher.
  3. Cover and keep in a dark, cool place for 10 days.
  4. Strain zest out with a cheesecloth and discard zest.
  5. Simmer sugar and water in a pan, stirring, until the sugar dissolves completely.
  6. Allow sugar mixture to cool and add to vodka mixture.
  7. Keep in refrigerator for up to one month.
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 days
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: none
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 77
  • Sugar: 8.4 g
  • Sodium: 0.3 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.5 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
how to make limoncello

Update! Here is the jpg for the label at the request of a reader!!

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  1. What if you dont drink alcohol can you sub ginger ale or tonic water? I love to make delicious drinks subRbing alcohol for other stuff

    1. I don’t know of a way to make this without alcohol Ronda, it’s a liqueur more than a cocktail so it’s hard to imagine how to make it nonalcoholic. I know World Market has some limoncello flavored sodas, you could try those.

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