Total Time
336hrs 5mins
Prep 336 hrs
Cook 5 mins

Recipe from Molto Mario and posted in response to a request. I make this every Christmas as hostess gifts and put it in pretty bottles with ribbon. Everyone who gets this is very appreciative. In Italy this is considered a "lemon digestive assistant" - whatever it tastes great!


  1. Place vodka and zest in a sealable jar, like a large mason type jar and allow to sit in a cool place for 4 days.
  2. On the fifth day place the sugar and the water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Allow to cook for 5 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool.
  4. Add sugar solution to the vodka solution and allow to stand overnight.
  5. Strain through a layer of cheesecloth in a conical sieve, pressing the solids firmly.
  6. Strain again through a second layer in the same manner.
  7. Chill and allow to stand 1 week.
  8. Serve very cold.
Most Helpful

Just a quick comment for those who can get 90% alcool. In Italy we use this instead of vodka, which has itself a pretty strong flavour. Same procedure, let stand first one week and then after straining the second time at least 3 weeks (sealed in bottles)

Manuela January 10, 2003

Easy to make, and delicious. Keep it in the freezer.

Marmish January 02, 2003

This is a quick low grade recipe. When meaking limoncello use thick skined lemons and make sure you get all of the white matter off the zest. Second use a good quality grain alcohol. Third, let the grain alchol and zest sit for two weeks in a cool dark place before adding hte sugar water to it. The longer it sits the better it will be.

rabatvilla May 19, 2007