limoncello in two glasses with lemons in a basket
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Homemade Limoncello

Limoncello, a delicious Italian liqueur, on the rocks or straight up. The perfect summertime on the patio, after dinner liqueur.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: an easy Italian limoncello drink recipe, easy liqueur made with lemons
Servings: 5 cups
Calories: 479kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen


  • 4 lemons (remove the peel no white if possible, I used a potato peeler and it worked really well)
  • 2 cups vodka
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-1 1/2 cups sugar


  • In a large jar (that closes tightly) add the peel (no white if possible) and vodka, close the jar tightly and let sit 12 days. Swirl the ingredients once a day.
  • After the 12 days, boil the water and sugar until sugar dissolves about 5 minutes, let cool. Meanwhile strain through a sieve the alcohol and lemon mixture, then add the strained mixture with the cooled sugar and water syrup, mix. Let sit for a day or two at room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 5 hours before consuming. Serve straight up or over ice. Lasts up to a month. Enjoy!


Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 45.8mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.5mg