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Limoncello II Recipe
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Limoncello II

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"Italian after-dinner drink. I use organic lemons."

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Original recipe makes 70 fluid ounces Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins

    3 days 30 mins


  1. Combine the lemon zest and vodka in a 2-gallon jar. Cover, and let stand 3 to 4 days at room temperature.
  2. Remove and discard the lemon zest. Stir in the sugar and water until the sugar has dissolved. Pour into bottles or other containers, and store in the freezer.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 01, 2011

I used vodka instead of water, and the zest of 18 lemons. It was incredible!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 25, 2010

Some suggestion. Since you are using only the outer skin of the lemon, look for organic lemons that have not been treated with nasty stuff. Look for lemon varieties that have a thick skin and are high in essential oils. Try peeling thin strips with a potato peeler. A zester will prematurely release the oils in the skin. Try to avoid the pith (white part) as this is what causes bitterness. Also try an alternative sweetener such as agave instead of refined sugar for a warmer palate feel. This recipe will create a Limoncello that is a little low in alcohol over traditional Limoncello. If you are using Vodka (40% 80 proof) the final alcohol will be less that 20% instead of 30-35%. It will freeze at this proof. A higher proof alcohol will extract out the oils and color faster. We love Limoncello so much we started a company in Sonoma to produce it commercially. Salute!


6 Ratings

Jun 28, 2010

it's awesome.'ve made this a few times with just a little more vodka (151 proof!) People love it

Aug 30, 2011

This is a lovely Limoncello and SO easy. I can't wait till my lemon crop comes in. I know what Santa will be bringing to my friends :) Thanks so much for sharing Garden Goddess

Mar 29, 2012

I used vodka 1.75 L. and use all the lemon juice instead of water.

Mar 04, 2012

This recipe makes: limoncello, or a lemon flavored vodka. Don't be expecting a mixed drink or something sweet, because it is not. It should be used just like any liqueur to basically make mixed drinks. Allrecipes, has 5-6 recipes to use limoncello in under the advanced search button. It tried a couple and it was fine that way. I made it just as is, but cut the recipe in half. It ended up as 4 lemons peeled. I used a potato peeler, as suggested by the first reviewer. That same person is also right (make sure to not get any of the white part of the rind. It is bitter). The rest, or half the recipe, equaled to 17.5 oz of vodka, 17.5 oz water, and 2 1/4 cups of sugar. I let it sit 3 days as suggested. I only had vanilla vodka, so I used that. I also found, today, it tastes good mixed in some 100% cranberry-pomengranite juice. I may also try it in some sparkling lemonade, as someone suggested. I just wish I would have known in advance that this was not sweet. It was a lot of work, to just make a lemon infused vodka. Interesting to learn though.


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  • Calories
  • 177 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 30.1 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 2.7 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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