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Italian limoncello served chilled
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Limoncello di Limoni Amalfitani

Limoncello is a smooth, sweet Italian liquor that’s intensely infused with lemon and easy to make — and even easier to drink. Its subtle yellow glow and bright perfume instantly transport you to the South of Italy. Serve chilled on repeat all summer.✌️
Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Keyword grain alcohol, lemon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Resting Time 37 days
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 16 people
Calories 315kcal
Author Evan Kalman


  • 10 organic, untreated lemons washed and dried
  • 1 liter grain alcohol 190 proof
  • 3 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 liter filtered water


  • Using a vegetable peeler, remove the yellow peel from the lemons in long strips. Scrape away the bitter white pith from the lemon peel with a paring knife.
  • Combine the lemon peels and grain alcohol in a large, sealable glass jar (at least 3 liters). Cover the jar and let it sit at room temperature in a dark place for 30 days.
  • One day 30, make the simple syrup by bringing the sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Let the syrup fully cool, then add it to the limoncello. Reseal the jar and let sit in a dark place at room temperature for an additional week. Strain the mixture into smaller bottles and store in the freezer.


  • Use only organic, untreated lemons since the alcohol extracts everything from the citrus.
  • Due to the high alcohol content, limoncello will keep sealed in the refrigerator for about six months and over a year in the freezer.
  • Try different combinations of organic citrus zest like lemons, Meyer, mandarins, Buddha’s hand, or bitter oranges.


Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg