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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Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
1 week 3 days
total:
1 week 3 days
Servings:
70
Yield:
5 1/2 bottles
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Add enough simple syrup to the alcohol mixture to reach the desired alcohol-by-volume percentage; refer to an alcohol content calculator.

  • 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.

  • 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

152 calories; carbohydrates 20.1g; sodium 1mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2020
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 container, & filled the container with water. After the water froze., the Limoncello was delivered in its own block of ice. The bottle slide out of the ice for pouring. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2020
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 container, & filled the container with water. After the water froze., the Limoncello was delivered in its own block of ice. The bottle slide out of the ice for pouring. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2019
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, you won't be dissappointed. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/19/2020
I just finished the first 30 day part of the recipe. Now have to go another 30 days. Will let you know after 30 days if I like it!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2019
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 put it in a large glass jar, and will let it sit in the cellar for a month--and I'll update my review then! EDIT 9/2/19: Finally got around to editing my review! Since I scaled this down to 30 servings, the recipe called for 3 cups water and 3 cups sugar for the simple syrup--and we used all of it to suit our tastes. This was really pretty easy to make, and it tastes fantastic (particularly when added to a some iced tea)! It's very lemony, and perfectly sweet without being overwhelming. Will definitely be making this again! Read More
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