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Bottle of homemade limoncello.

Italian Limoncello Recipe

5 from 40 votes
Course: Drink
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cocktail
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 275kcal
Author: Bella Bucchiotti
This homemade limoncello recipe is the perfect balance of sweet and tart, made with fresh lemon zest, sugar, and high-quality vodka.
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  • 15 lemons large, organic
  • 1300 Milliliter vodka 80 or 100 proof
  • 800 grams sugar
  • 1200 Milliliter water


  • Wash and peel the lemons, being careful to avoid as much of the white pith as possible. Place the peels into a large, airtight, sealable jar.
  • Add the vodka to the jar, close the jar and gently shake. Place the jar in a cool dark place for at least 7 days up to 21 days to let the peels infuse. Gently shake the jar occasionally during that time.
  • After the 7 to 21 days that you have let the peels infuse, make the simple syrup by combining the sugar and water into a pot. Bring the sugar water to a boil, stirring frequently. Let the mixture boil for 1 to 2 minutes then remove from heat and cool completely.
  • While the syrup is cooling, strain the lemon peels out of the vodka and discard the peels. Pour the vodka into the jar.
  • When the syrup has cooled, combine the syrup with the vodka, and stir well. Pour the limoncello into airtight, sealable bottles.
  • Store the limoncello in the refrigerator or your refrigerator's freezer (not a deep freezer). Serve chilled.


Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.