Homemade Limoncello

When life gives you lemons make Limoncello! 
I was watching the Food Network one morning and just happened to tune into Alton Brown’s show “Good Eats.” On this particular day he was featuring lemons and while I did not catch the show in its entirety, I watched long enough to see this recipe. I was so excited to learn I could easily make my own limoncello that I knew I wanted to try it out.
When I told my husband about the show, he was equally intrigued and we got right to work on gathering the ingredients, which we happened to already have on hand.We put the mix together, stored it in a cool dark place and headed out on vacation for the week. Our Limoncello was ready when we returned home. We chilled it and tried it out this weekend and, as with most of AB’s recipes, we were not disappointed.
Tangy, yet sweet, this really hit the spot and my husband and I enjoyed it with our sunset dinner on the patio for date night.
  Homemade Limoncello can elevate vodka to a tangy treat with this easy to follow recipe.

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Recipe by Alton Brown

Homemade limoncello

Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
When life gives you lemons make limoncello! Homemade Limoncello elevates vodka to a tangy Italian treat with this easy to follow recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 7 d
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 7 d
Course Liquor
Cuisine Italian
Servings 25 servings
Calories 100 kcal


  • 8 to 10 lemons
  • 750 ml vodka , 100 proof
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup sugar


  • Carefully remove the zest from the lemons using a microplane or grater, being careful not to remove any of the white pith, which will make the limoncello very sour. Reserve the lemons to squeeze and freeze the juice for later use.
  • Put the lemon zest into a mason jar or other similar glass container of at least 2-quarts in size. Pour the vodka over the zest, and let sit in a cool dark place for 7 days.
  • After 7 days, strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer lined with muslin, a coffee filter paper towel, or several layers of cheesecloth and return the vodka to the container. Discard the lemon zest and pour the vodka mix back into the mas jar or a spring cap bottle.
  • Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan set over high heat and cook, stirring continually, until the sugar is completely dissolved, approximately 3 minutes. Once completely cool, add the sugar syrup to the vodka, and stir to combine. If you like it sweeter, make and add a little more syrup based on the 1:1 ratio of sugar to water.
  • Cover and put the container in the freezer for at least 4 hours. Limoncello can be stored in the freezer for up to a year.


Serving: 11/25Calories: 100kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 48mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 8IUVitamin C: 18mgVitamin E: 1mgCalcium: 9mgFolate: 4µgIron: 1mgZinc: 1mg
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