Homemade Limoncello Recipe

Homemade Limoncello is a lemon liqueur that makes an impressive gift for the cocktail lovers in your life! It's easy to make at home following our recipe. Adapted from: Everclear

Provided by: Cassie Johnston

Categories: Drinks

Time: 30 min

Yield: 8 servings

Number Of Ingredients: 4



Prep Time

41 mins

Cook Time

1:46 hours

Total Time

1:02 hours

10-14 organic lemons
750ml Everclear 190/189 Proof (preferable) or Everclear 151, Everclear 120 or 80+ Proof Vodka, see post for more information
3 1/2 cups filtered water
3 cups granulated sugar
Wash the lemons well, then peel into long strips—use a light touch, you want to leave as much of the pith behind as possible. If using Everclear 190/189, 10 lemons will be enough; for the other alcohols, you’ll need to peel more lemons as the proof level decreases.
Using a sharp knife, scrape away the remaining white pith on the inside of the peels. Too much pith makes for a bitter end result.
Place the lemon peels in a half-gallon canning jar. Cover with the Everclear or vodka. Close lid and place in a spot out of direct sunlight. Shake daily. Infuse for at least four days (in the case of Everclear 190/189) and up to six weeks (for the lower proof alcohols). The infusion is ready when the alcohol is bright yellow and the lemon peels have lost most of their color.
When the infusion is ready, heat the water in a large saucepan over high heat. Add in the sugar, whisk, and bring to a boil. Boil until the sugar is completely dissolved, about two minutes. Let simple syrup cool to room temperature.
Pour the simple syrup into the lemon infusion. Close the lid on the jar again, and shake well to combine.
Strain the lemon peels out of the limoncello through a fine mesh sieve. Pour into bottles, label, chill, and serve!