Lorraine's Luscious and Lovely Limoncello

Total Time
168hrs 2mins
Prep 168 hrs
Cook 2 mins

My friend Lorraine B gave me this wonderful recipe when I was looking for an interesting hostess gift. One of the best things about this recipe is that it only takes one week to infuse, as opposed to up to a month that I've seen in other recipes. I actually made a quadruple recipe and got 6 bottles to give as gifts (I kept one for myself, of course!). At last night's preliminary tasting (2 hours after bottling) I can tell you that this is a very refreshing tipple! I'm also going to try this with oranges this winter.


  1. Wash the lemons, using soap, rinse well.
  2. Peel the lemons. I used my Microplane Zester and got lovely lemon zest, but you can also use a potato peeler. Make sure not to get any of the bitter white pith.
  3. Place the peel into a bowl and cover with the vodka. I used a large Tupperware bowl with a cover.
  4. Let the lemons infuse in the vodka for one week.
  5. Line a strainer with paper towels and strain the lemony vodka into a bowl that will hold more than twice its volume.
  6. Mix the sugar with the water in a pot and let it come to a boil.
  7. Boil for 2 minutes, giving it an occasional stir.
  8. Let cool.
  9. Add the sugar syrup to the lemon vodka and mix.
  10. Place in your favorite bottle.
  11. Keep the Limoncello in the freezer (it won't freeze).


Most Helpful

I doubled this recipe. I have 2 quart glass containers in the freezer to give as gifts tomorrow. Plus 2 750 ML bottles for us. Plus whatever we drank while bottling it...LOL This stuff is good and worth the wait...I'm excited to give it out as gifts! I added two limes to mine and a few more lemons, but otherwise followed the directions.

MelissaJAS December 23, 2006

I just finished making up a batch of this for Christmas( and Hanukkah) gifts, and after sampling a small shot last night, I am so glad I chose this recipe! I used meyer lemons and also added a sprig of lavender as suggested in another recipe, as well as the rind of one lime. I think I'll attach a couple of drink ideas on the bottles and make a couple of friends very happy :-). Thanks Mirj!

Jan in Lanark December 12, 2006

Someone was asking about limoncello and I went to show them the recipe I use (this one) only to discover I had not reviewed it. So here goes - I have made this recipe a couple of times and I absolutely love it. I have given it as a gift and the recipient loved it as well. You cannot go wrong.

Mysterygirl February 27, 2016

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