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Homemade Limoncello Recipe

Homemade Limoncello makes great gifts.
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
resting time 40 days
Servings 50 ounces
Calories 82kcal


  • 8 lemons Meyer or Eureka, washed and dried
  • One 4-inch rosemary sprig washed and dried
  • 1500 millimeters 100-proof alcohol 2 750 ml. each, EverClear or Vodka
  • 4 1/2 cups sugar


  • Peel lemons with a sharp vegetable peeler, taking only the zest (top layer) and avoiding any white pith. Put rosemary in a one gallon glass or ceramic container with a tight seal. Add zest to jar.
  • Pour 750 ml. vodka over rosemary and zest; seal container. Let sit undisturbed in a cool, dark place for 40 days.
  • In a saucepan, bring 5 cups water to a boil and add sugar. Cook, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Let sugar syrup cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.
  • Pour syrup and remaining 750 ml. vodka over lemon-vodka mixture, stir, and seal container. Let sit in a cool, dark place for another 40 days.
  • Pour limoncello through cheesecloth into a large spouted pitcher and divide among gift bottles.


Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg