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quick and easy homemade limoncello

Quick and easy homemade limoncello liqueur

A super easy recipe for limoncello to serve either as a chilled liqueur or to use with baking and dessets and in cocktails too of course
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course liqueurs
Cuisine Italian
Servings 17 shots
Calories 157 kcal


  • 5 unwaxed lemons (or scrub to remove wax)
  • 750 ml vodka
  • 200 g sugar


  • Scrub lemons well and pat dry to remove preservative wax. Peel off the rind avoiding bitter white pith.
  • Mix lemon peel, juice and vodka in large jar and leave for 4-7 days in a cool dark cupboard. The liquid will be bright golden yellow and peels pale
  • Mix the sugar with 200ml water and heat gently till sugar dissolved, boil then lower heat and simmer 5 minutes to make a simple syrup.
  • Cool syrup then add to the lemon vodka and pour into a sterilised bottle and shake well
  • Strain through muslin/cheesecloth or kitchen paper twice to ensure it is completely clear and pour into sterilised bottles.



This recipe makes a 750ml bottle of limoncello liqueur.
The calorie calculations are taken for a shot of limoncello.
Removing wax from lemons
Just wash them with warm soapy water, rinse thoroughly and dry then they have no more wax on them and are perfect for zesting.
Use your limoncello for sipping, making cocktails, adding to bakes and desserts too.
Keep some in the freezer for the perfect icy shot.


Calories: 157kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 44mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg
Keyword lemons, limoncello
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