Homemade Limoncello is so easy and delicious, you'll want to do what I do, which is start a new batch as soon as the first batch is finished! One of our favorite homemade liqueurs! Makes a great gift!
Sometimes when I make a homemade liqueur, I like it, I use it in cocktails and then I don't make it again.
There is one liqueur that I make all the time and that is limoncello. It is so delicious and so easy.
It is one the most versatile liqueurs that you can make. It can be both the sweet and the citrus component of a cocktail. Use it in place of simple syrup or lemon juice for a quick and easy change up. It's also great added to lemonade for a little bit of a kick. I like it stirred into a gin and tonic. It's also great just to sip.
Also, it makes an amazing gift for your cocktail loving friends!
Ingredients to Make Homemade Limoncello
- Vodka - use your favorite, a nice mid-range vodka will work.
- Lemons - since you are using the peels, this is the time to buy organic lemons.
- Sugar - granulated white sugar.
- Water - not pictured.
How to Make Homemade DIY Limoncello
Step 1 - place 3 cups of vodka into a large glass jar. I use a mason jar.
Step 2 - using a sharp vegetable peeler, zest the lemons. Try not to get the white pith, this will make your limoncello bitter.
Step 4 - The easy part where time does the work. Store your jar with the vodka and peels in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks. Shaking it daily or whenever you remember. Take the jar of lemon juice and store it in the freezer.
Step 5 - Take your lemon juice out of the freezer to thaw. Make a simple syrup by combining two cups water and two cups sugar in a saucepan. Stir over medium heat just until the sugar dissolves. Get your lovely lemon vodka from wherever you were keeping it.
Step 6 - Using a large strainer and large bowl, strain out the lemon peels. Stop and admire your gorgeous lemon vodka!
Step 7 - Pour the strained vodka back into the jar. Add the simple syrup and the lemon juice. Place it back in your cool dark place and let it continue to age for 6 weeks.
Note - sometimes I can wait the final 6 weeks and sometimes I can't. The final aging mellows it and deepens the flavor, but you can really start using it any time you want!
Now, I usually have a few people who tell me this isn't real limoncello. That there are all kinds of other things involved in making a real limoncello. I'm okay with that. I like making homemade liqueurs - it's fun. I like the way the way they taste, I like the process of watching and tasting along the way.
More Delicious Homemade Liqueurs that Make Great Gifts
Winter Solstice Brew - this orange and spiced brandy is the most popular post on my blog, for a good reason!
Ginger Liqueur - one of my favorites, especially when you see how expensive that bottle of ginger liqueur is at the liquor store!
Cranberry Liqueur - delicious and such a gorgeous color.
Cherry Liqueur - deep red color and oh so delicious!
Orange Liqueur - our secret ingredient for the best margaritas!
For even more, follow my Infusions Recipes Board on Pinterest!
- 8 lemons preferably organic
- 3 cups vodka
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups sugar
- Zest the lemons and place the zest in a clean jar big enough to hold 8 cups of liquid.
- Juice the lemons and place the juice in a freezer safe jar or plastic ziplock bag and store in the freezer.
- Pour the vodka over the lemon jest in the jar. Close the jar and store in a cool dark place, shaking it daily.
- After two weeks, strain and discard the zest and pour the vodka back in the jar. Make a simple syrup by combing the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Pour the simple syrup in the jar with the vodka. Thaw the lemon juice and add it to the jar. Return to a cool dark place and let it mellow for about 6 weeks.
Update Notes: This was originally published in 2014 and has been updated for 2019.