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How to make Homemade Limoncello (drinks recipes)

Published on March 13th 2015 by under Food and Recipes

The taste and flavor of the authentic Italian limoncello are not unknown to the drink lovers. For the best limoncellos, now we do not need to visit a bar, but can make them at home, which, in fact, would taste even better if you can make it properly. Here are the recipes for DIY homemade limoncello. Try them and give a refined treat to your senses.

Homemade Limoncello

Homemade Limoncello

Authentic Italian Limoncello Recipe (with vodka)


  • Lemons – 10
  • Vodka – 1 bottle (750 ml)
  • Water – 3½ cups
  • Sugar – 2½ cups
Italian Limoncello Recipe with Vodka

Italian Limoncello Recipe with Vodka

How to make

Step 1 – Peel the lemons in long strips by a vegetable peeler, and simultaneously slice out the white pith (inner wall) from these peels and discard them. Now put the peels in a pitcher (of 2-quart capacity) and add the vodka to it. Cover the pitcher with a plastic wrap and keep aside for 7-10 days at room temperature (some people would even want to let it settle for a fortnight or even a month!).

Step 2 – Boil water in a saucepan and pour in the sugar. Let it dissolve completely. When done, let the syrup cool down to normal temperature and allow it to stand all night.

Step 3 – Strain this mixture through a mesh strainer, discarding the peels. Your limoncello is ready! Serve it very cold. Store the rest in stylish bottles, and you can easily store this for more than a month, if refrigerated.

How to make Limoncello Liqueur with Everclear

The ingredients and the procedure are similar. Except that, you need to replace the vodka with Everclear grain alcohol.

Limoncello Liqueur with Everclear

Limoncello Liqueur with Everclear


How to make a lemon drop martini with limoncello liqueur

This is a popular cocktail using the limoncello. To make this, mix together the above limoncello liqueur, vodka and lemon juice 1½ oz each, along with 2 oz of sweet and sour mix and 1 tsp of sugar, and shake until blended thoroughly. Serve chilled with a lemon rind on the corner of a glass.

Homemade DIY Red Limoncello Recipe (with gin)


  • Strawberries/cherries/rhubarbs/blood orange – 1 pint (hulled and cut into pieces)
  • Gin – 1½ cups
  • Water – 1½ cups
  • ¾ lb. (1½ cups) granulated sugar syrup
Homemade DIY Red Limoncello Recipe with Gin

Homemade DIY Red Limoncello Recipe with Gin

How to make

To the fruit pieces, add the gin. Keep aside for ten days and add the syrup. Strain and refrigerate. Your red limoncello is ready to drink.


  1. When you use lemon, make sure you do not use the white pith in any way, else, your limoncello might turn bitter.
  2. The flavor of your limoncello depends upon how long you are soaking the lemon peels/fruit slices. Longer the time, stronger the flavor!

Limoncello is widely known around the world as a delicious and refreshing alcoholic liqueur, and we shared with you all the interesting recipes to make it at home. You help us more. Send your feedback or suggestions, or just share with us if you have more recipes to make limoncello at home, or any of its interesting variations. We would love to share those with our other readers and liqueur lovers.

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