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Homemade Lemoncello Liqueur

Prep Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Drinks
Author: Karon Grieve


  • 5 lemons
  • 750 ml bottle of vodka
  • 200 g/7oz sugar
  • 200 ml/7fl oz water


  • Pare the rind off the lemons and toss them into a large (1 litre size) kilner jar. You really want unwaxed lemons for this, but don't worry if you can't get them, just give normal lemons a good scrub in hot soapy water and then rinse well and dry before paring off the rind.
  • Squeeze out the juice of 4 of the lemons and add this to the rinds in the jar.
  • Add the vidka.
  • Pour the water into a small pan and add the sugar. Warm slowly to dissolve the sugar and make a simple syrup. Let this cool.
  • Add the simple syrup to your jar and seal it.
  • Pop in the larder and give it a shake every day for 10 days.
  • Pour through a sieve lined with cheesecloth/coffee filter and bottle.