Homemade Limoncello Recipe
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Homemade Limoncello Recipe

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In Jenny Nelson's tale, Georgia's Kitchen, professional chef, Georgia, hones her culinary skills in the Italian countryside. Pair the book with a bottle of this homemade Limoncello, which is as good if not better than store bought. After all, the after-dinner liqueur is considered the national drink of Italy.—
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + standing
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + standing
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 10 medium lemons
  • 1 bottle (750 milliliters) vodka
  • 3 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 ounces: 87 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 9g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel rind from lemons (save lemons for another use). With a sharp knife, scrape pith from peels and discard. Place lemon peels and vodka in a large glass or plastic container. Cover and let stand at room temperature for at least 2 weeks, stirring once a week.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Cool completely.
  3. Strain vodka mixture, discarding lemon peels. Return mixture to container; stir in sugar mixture. Pour into glass bottles; seal tightly. Let stand for 2 weeks. Serve chilled. Yield: 1-1/2 quarts.
Originally published as Homemade Limoncello in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2012, p164

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