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Italian limoncello Recipe
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Italian Limoncello Recipe

Tasty, Italian after-dinner drink, with a lemony punch.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Resting Time14 d
Total Time14 d 35 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 32 1 oz. shots
Calories: 114kcal
Author: Hilda Sterner


  • 5 large lemons
  • 2 cups alcohol
  • cup lemon juice
  • cups water
  • cups sugar


  • Use a potato peeler to peel the lemons, making sure to only get the outer peel. The white part will impart a bitter flavor. 
  • Add the lemon peels into a large mason jar.
  • Pour two cups of Everclear over the lemon peels. Add lemon juice, then seal the jar.
  • I like to write the date either on the lid, on the bottle, or the calendar. This way I know when to proceed with the next steps.
  • During the next two weeks to 30 days, store the bottle in a dark place. Shake to agitate every few days, or whenever you remember. 
  • When the appropriate time has elapsed, strain the alcohol into a clean bottle, using cheesecloth soup bags. 
  • Add water and sugar to a small saucepan, and stir. Bring to a boil until the sugar is dissolved and the syrup thickens (about 5 minutes) then cool.
  • Mix cooled syrup with strained alcohol to combine. Store in the refrigerator or freezer, and drink responsibly! 



  • If possible, don't use store-bought lemons since they are usually coated with wax and pesticides. However, if you don't have access to homegrown lemons like some of us do, use organic lemons.
  • If using store-bought lemons, make sure to dip the lemons in hot water for a few seconds to melt the wax off.
  • If you're lucky enough to have access to home-grown lemons, scrub them with a Vegetable Brush to remove any dirt or residue.
  • Thick-skinned lemons, such as "Eureka" lemons, are best for this recipe. "Meyer" lemons, on the other hand, have thin-skin, and almost impossible to peel.


Serving: 1oz | Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 111mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 9g