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Homemade Limoncello

A heavenly after dinner liqueur that is wonderful for sipping or making mixed drinks.
Course After Dinner Liqueur
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 5 - 6 large canning jars
Author Heather


  • 3- 750 ml 40 proof vodka
  • 24- 30 med/lg. lemons
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 4 cups water


  • Thoroughly wash lemons to remove wax and pesticides if not using organic. With a vegetable peeler, peel lemons removing just the zest and leaving the white pith. Try to remove any remaining pith on zest with a small pairing knife as it will make the liqueur bitter.
  • Empty a small amount of vodka into a separate glass to make room for peels. Gently insert the zest from 8-10 lemons in each jar. Seel the bottles and store in a cool dark place for 75-80 days.
  • Once the 80 days has past, strain vodka through a fine mesh colander into a large pitcher. This will separate the vodka from the zest.
  • In a lg sauce pan bring to a low simmer sugar and water until sugar in completely dissolved. Add to vodka and stir well. Let cool to room temperature.
  • Wash and sanitize canning jars or limoncello bottles. Once jars are washed and dried pour limoncello into them using a funnel to prevent spilling.
  • Store in refrigerator for quick use or freezer for longer storage.


*Please use as many organic ingredients as possible.*