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How To Make Homemade Limoncello (aka Lemoncello)
Prep Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs
Course: cocktail
Calories: 8765 kcal
Author: Kylie @ Made by a Princess
  • 750 ml Everclear
  • 750 ml Vodka
  • 20 Meyer lemons
Simple syrup for later
  • 4 cups Granulated sugar
  • 4 cups Water
  1. Wash all of your lemons thoroughly, preferably with a fruit/vegetable wash.  This is to get all of the wax off.  If there is wax it is really hard for the lemon essence to be extracted and that is what you need to make a great tasting Limoncello.  Once your lemons are clean and dry start peeling, or shaving as I did.  Be careful not to peel too much of the pith (white part) along with the rind.  Some pith is going to come off, that is inevitable, but take your time and take only the rind as best you can.  Toss all of your peelings into an aair tight container. Another tip, don't cut little tiny pieces.  You want long strips or big chunks as much as possible.  You have to strain this later and smaller pieces will just make your job harder.
  2. Pour the Everclear and vodka into the container and give it a few swirls.  Swirl daily.  Everyday I take the bottle down from the cabinet and give it a few swirls.  I am resisting the urge to open and smell the concoction.  It looks so yummy!  Now, some recipes say you can finish up your mixture and start drinking in a couple weeks, but Jeff & Natalie at Vino e Vittles suggest the longer the better.  I am going to go with that.
  3. Once you have decided your mixture has married and settled in long enough (this could be up to four months) you now need to strain your mixture.  Remove the bigger peels with a slotted spoon.  Remove the peels and throw them away.   Now that the larger pieces have been removed you will need to strain the rest.  Take a wet coffee filter (one you have run through water) and strain the mixture into a big pot.  You want to remove as many little pieces as possible.  Ideally you want your mixture to be clear and free of any impurities.  No one wants to drink a chunk of lemon rind.
  4. To make simple syrup pour the water and sugar into a pot, bringing to a boil for about seven minutes.  Keep stirring so sugar crystals don't form on the sides, thereby burning.  Let the syrup cool completely.  It doesn't have to be cold, just room temperature is good.
  5. Pour the simple syrup into the alcohol lemon mixture and gently stir.  Funnel your Limoncello into pretty bottles you have collected or purchased and seal.  In order to really give the sugar and lemony alcohol mix to properly marry, you should wait about a week before opening and serving.  Of course, you need to keep one aside for yourself for research purposes.  In about a week your bottles of lovely Limoncello will be perfect for gift giving or consuming.
Nutrition Facts
How To Make Homemade Limoncello (aka Lemoncello)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 8765
% Daily Value*
Sodium 65mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 801g 267%
Sugars 798g
Vitamin C 12.8%
Calcium 3%
Iron 2.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.