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Homemade Limoncello

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. + standing


1-1/2 quarts

Updated: Jul. 02, 2022
This limoncello recipe makes a drink better than any store-bought version. It's perfect as an after-dinner treat on its own, or whipped up in a cocktail. —Jenni Sharp, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Homemade Limoncello Recipe photo by Taste of Home


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


  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.

Nutrition Facts

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

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