Homemade Limoncello

15 lemons

2 quarts of vodka

4 cups of sugar

5 cups of water

Peel the lemons, shaving and being careful to get just a thin layer of yellow rind off in long strips. You want to avoid getting any of the white rind as it will make the limoncello bitter. Also the longer strips will help make it easier to strain later. Put the peeled lemons aside for something else. Add the peels to 1 quart of vodka and let the flavors infuse for 30 days. At that time make a simple sauce by dissolving the 4 cups of sugar in 5 cups of boiling water and let cool. Add the simple sauce to the infused vodka and add the second quart of vodka as well. Let it all sit another 30 days. Strain the lemon peels from the limoncello.

Find a nice collection of very clean decorative bottles, and fill them with the limoncello leaving just a little room at the top for freezing expansion should that happen (it shouldn't because of all the alcohol, but limoncello is kept in the freezer, so just to be safe). Cork the bottles and store in the freezer until needed.

You can drink this as an after dinner apertif.. or you can put it over ice in the summer.. and I have three more drink recipes using limoncello for you as well.



1 part Limoncello (this is best stored in the freezer)

3 parts Cola

Add ice to a glass, pour limoncello and cola over ice.

Garnish with lemon slice or mint leaf. Serve


Limon Sunrise

1 part Limoncello

3 parts orange juice

1/2 part grenadine

1 orange slice

Fill a tall glass with ice (crushed or cubed), add the Grenadine and let it settle to the bottom. Gently add the limoncello and orange juice so the red of the Grenadine stays on the bottom creating a sunrise affect. Garnish with an orange slice.


Limon Drop

2 parts limoncello

1 part vodka

Combine the two ingredients in a shaker of ice and shake vigorously to mix and cool. Pour into a short glass and garnish with a lemon slice.