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Italian Limoncello

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"Limoncello takes some time but it's definitely worth it! Use an alcohol content calculator to dilute the limoncello to your desired proof. The longer this rests, the mellower it gets."
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1 d 2 h 10 m servings 152
Original recipe yields 70 servings (5 1/2 bottles)


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  1. Combine alcohol and lemon zest in a 1-gallon jug with a tight-fitting lid. Place in a cool, dark place to rest for 1 month. Swirl contents of the jug every few days.
  2. Combine water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat; stir until sugar is fully dissolved. Set simple syrup aside to cool completely, 15 to 30 minutes.
  3. While simple syrup is cooling, place a sieve over a large bowl and line with coffee filters. Strain alcohol mixture through coffee filters to remove all sediment. Replace the filters as needed until all the mixture has been filtered. Filter one more time to ensure all sediment has been removed. Discard coffee filters and zest.
  4. Add enough simple syrup to the alcohol mixture to reach the desired alcohol-by-volume percentage; refer to an alcohol content calculator.
  5. Divide limoncello among 6 wine bottles. Seal with corks. Allow to rest in a cool, dark place for 1 month, swirling every few days. Strain one more time to remove any leftover sediment if desired.
  6. Place 1 bottle of limoncello in the freezer and serve icy-cold. Store remaining bottles at room temperature.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You might need 22 lemons, depending on size. Also excellent when using grapefruit or orange zest.
  • You may not use all of the simple syrup - typically I use 10 cups simple syrup to bring the ABV to 40 to 50 percent.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 152 calories; 0 20.1 0 0 1 Full nutrition

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I made this recipe exactly as described and it is wonderful. I used all of the simple syrup and my wife and I think it's just right. I'm also trying this recipe with orange peel. Give it a try, ...

5/4/19: Just started this today, and so far so good! I was only able to find a 750 ml bottle of Everclear, so I adjusted the recipe down to about 30 servings, and used the zest of 9 lemons. I pu...

Did this for Christmas gifts. Made exactly as given. Did mix Ever Clear equally with Simple Syrup, to give a 90 proof drink. Took the bottles of Limoncello & placed then into a freezer safe ...