Limoncello - A great gift. Recipe

Limoncello - A great gift.


  • 10 lemons
  • 1 750 ml bottle of Smirnoff Vodka (red label)
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar

Don't even bother getting all fancy-schmancy with your vodka. Save your money. In the end, it tastes just the same.

I get my bottles at a Wine and Beer Homebrewing supplier. Or you can order them online. They are called "Bellissima".

I make these and stock up in the freezer. Whenever I'm off to visit a friend or go to a party, I grab on out of the freezer to bring. These are always such a hit!

Tip: Do not label the bottles before you freeze them. The labels wrinkle during thawing. Instead, before you give as a gift, take out of freezer and allow to thaw and dry. Apply label.

How to make Limoncello - A great gift.

  1. Scrub the lemons to remove any wax or pesticides. Remove the zest from the lemons using a vegetable peeler. Take care not to include any of the bitter white pith.

  2. Place the lemon zest in a 2 qt pitcher. Pour the bottle of vodka over the zest, seal tightly, and set in a cool, dark place to steep for 4 days, shaking occasionally.

  3. On the 4th day, mix the sugar and water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Let boil until the syrup starts to form, 5-10 minutes. Let cool completely. Add to the lemon zest mixture and let stand overnight.

  4. The next day, strain over cheesecloth or a metal strainer and pour into decorative bottles and store in the freezer.

  5. Serve over crushed ice.

On the Label:Serving suggestion:
As an after dinner drink, serve one ounce in a small chilled aperitif glass.
As a refreshing dessert, pour an ounce over a large scoop of shaved ice and garnish with a lemon twist.

Limoncello is best when served directly from the freezer. 

Ingredients: beverage alcohol; distilled water; pure cane sugar, & lemon oil infused from the peel of fresh lemons. 

100 ml -- 45% alcohol by volume 
This liqueur is homemade for private use only. Not intended to be sold or served commercially.
Question from the Chef

“What's your favorite way to cook with lemons?”

  • GlennieBean
    GlennieBean says

    Good to see this one back up on the wall!!

  • mishmash
    mishmash says

    is it essential for this to be stored in the freezer? what's its shelf life if i keep it at room temp?

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