Homemade limoncello

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10 min


25 min


5 3/4 cups

* PLUS 1 hour cooling tim
Homemade limoncello

Photo, Erik Putz.


  • 1 750-mL bottle vodka , divided
  • 8 - 10 Meyer lemons , washed and quartered
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar


  • DIVIDE 1 cup vodka between 2  500-mL glass jars. Pack lemons very firmly into the jars. Seal, then let jars sit in a cool, dark place for at least 14 days and up to a month, turning and gently shaking jar once a day.
  • STRAIN lemons, reserving liquid. Transfer lemons to a large pot with water and sugar. Set over medium-high and cook until liquid is syrupy, about 15 min. Cool mixture and strain into the reserved liquid.
  • ADD remaining 2 cups vodka. Pour limoncello into clean bottles. Keep in the freezer until ready to serve.

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Nutrition (per tbsp)

  • Calories
  • 35,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 5 g,