How to Make Homemade Limoncello

This easy and impressive liquor takes only a few ingredients to make! 

Course Booze!, homemade gifts
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 24 3 ounce servings
232 kcal


  • 1.75 liter vodka
  • 5-6 large lemons
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 drops yellow food coloring optional


  1. Remove the rind from the lemons using a potato peeler, and add to the vodka. Let sit in a cool dark place for a minimum of 4 days. You can soak this for a month if you like, and I have done that! But there is no additional intensity of flavor. The peels give all they got in the first few days.

  2. When your vodka is ready, strain through cheese cloth to ensure a bright and  clear liquor.   Combine the water and sugar in a large sauce pan to make your simple syrup.  Bring to a boil and stir.  Simmer for a minute or two until all the sugar has dissolved.  Let cool completely.  Store in refrigerator until you are ready to mix your Limoncello.

  3. Combine simple syrup and steeped vodka. You may not use all the simple syrup.  It's up to you and your tastebuds on how much to add.  I use one cup of syrup to two cups of vodka.  Tasting is the best way to tell...I love my jobbbbb!  Add yellow food coloring one drop at a time. 3-4 drops for the entire batch should be adequate.

  4. After your Limoncello is done.  Store in airtight bottles in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.  Turns out booze has a really long shelf life!

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Homemade Limoncello
Amount Per Serving
Calories 232
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1mg0%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Sugar 16g18%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 1mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.