How to Make Homemade Limoncello Liquor (and Sugar Syrup)

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Limoncello is a sweet lemon liquor originating from Southern Italy. If your vacation is still painfully far away but you’d love to get a taste of it, why not make it yourself?

You’ll need to do a little bit of prepping and planning: it takes about 2 weeks to make lemon peel-infused liquid. You’ll need resealable mason jars, and above all, lemons that are not chemically treated.

You’ll also need to make sugar syrup (to be added to your lemon liquid once you’re done with straining and removing lemon peel). This is easy. All you need is:

  • 6 cups white sugar
  • 4 cups water

All you have to do is put water and sugar in a pan and stir until the sugar melts. Then remove from the stove and let cool.

And now for the main recipe.

Making Homemade Limoncello Liquor

Ingredients for Limoncello Liquid

  • 60 oz lemon peel (10-12 large lemons)
  • 40 fl oz grain alcohol
  • 20 fl oz high-quality vodka
  • large mason jar or any large jar that has a hermetic lid

Ingredients for Homemade Sugar Syrup

To be added after straining the lemon peel from the Limoncello liquid.

  • 6 cups white sugar
  • 4 cups water

Directions for making your own Limoncello

  • Peel the lemons. Be careful: avoid cutting into the white part because it would make the taste of your Limoncello too bitter.
  • Put the lemon peel in a jar, cover with grain alcohol, seal and store away for 2 weeks. Keep away from heat and sunlight.
  • Time to strain! After 2 weeks, open the jar and, using a strainer, remove the pieces of lemon peel from the liquid. If the liquid is still not yellow and fragrant, leave for several more days.
  • Transfer into a jug and add sugar syrup that you prepared on the stove.
  • Use in cocktails or when making desserts (limoncello cake or cookies, anyone?).
  • You can store the excess Limoncello in resealable jars or bottles, put them in the freezer and use when needed.Recipe submitted by Christine Johnson.

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