This fragrant Italian liqueur isn't just for cocktails. For the easiest of elegant desserts, drizzle limoncello over lemon sorbet or vanilla ice cream.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
11 days


  • 10 large lemons

  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle vodka

  • 3 cup sugar

  • 2 ½ cup water

  • Lemons, cut into wedges (optional)


  1. Scrub lemons with a vegetable brush. Using a vegetable peeler, carefully cut enough of the yellow peel away from the white pith to make 2 cups lemon peel. (If desired, juice lemons and reserve for another use.)

  2. In a large glass pitcher or bowl, combine the 2 cups lemon peel and the vodka. Cover tightly and let stand in a cool, dry place for 10 days, gently swirling the mixture in the pitcher each day. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve; discard lemon peel. Return the lemon-infused vodka to the pitcher.

  3. For syrup, in a medium saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring just to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cool to room temperature.

    limoncello in bottles with cocktail
  4. Pour syrup into the lemon-infused vodka; stir to combine. Cover and chill overnight. Pour limoncello through a funnel into clean bottles; secure lids. Store in the refrigerator.


Prepare as directed. Using a slotted spoon, remove the lemon wedges (if present). Using a funnel, pour limoncello into clean bottles; secure lids. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

72 Calories
11g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 56
Calories 72
% Daily Value *
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Total Sugars 11g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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