How to Make Limoncello

Limoncello: Sunshine in a jar. This recipe takes one afternoon to make and about four days to complete.


  • 4 large lemons, peels and juice
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 8 ounces vodka

Using a sharp paring knife, carefully trim peels off lemons. Set aside. When finished, place a peel with white pith upon a cutting board. Hold the end closest to you down with your fingers. Carefully carve away the white pith from the peel. Continue until all pith are removed from lemon peels.

Place lemon peels in a large jar or bottle. Add vodka. Set aside.

Squeeze juice out of peeled lemons. It should make about 3/4 cup of lemon juice.

Bring lemon juice, water & sugar to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes. remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

Add lemon syrup to vodka. Cover with a lid and allow to sit for about 4 days. I shake mine every day just to show it whose boss… mostly just because I can’t resist.

You can now use your liquid sunshine in cocktails & many baking recipes.

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