Italian Cakes & Dessert Recipes

This is the Real Homemade Limoncello Recipe

Today I will reveal the recipe of the real homemade Limoncello, the one that grandma has always prepared with her hands and that was delicious, fragrant and fresh, perfect as a digestive at the end of the meal, or as a home made gift for a loved one!

Limoncello is a sweet yellow liqueur, with an intense aroma, made of lemon peels, alcohol and sugar.




  • 7 large lemons (Meyer it’s good)
  • 1 liter (4 glasses) pure alcohol 95° of high quality *
  • 1 liter (4 glasses) natural water
  • 700 g (3.48 cups) of sugar


*The best limoncello is made with grain alcohol, but if you are in the US where it’s not readily available to buy, use an inexpensive non-potato vodka, like Svedka, Smirnoff or similar.

Avoid using high-end vodkas — they’re a waste of money when making homemade limoncello



Peel lemons, with the help of a potato peeler, in order to obtain very thin peels without the white part (which would make the infusion bitter).

Put the peels in infusion to macerate in alcohol in a large glass jar (for infusion) hermetically sealed, for 15 days in the dark, in a cool and dry place, at room temperature.

Shake the jar several times a day.

Then filter the infusion on linen or sterile filter gauze, squeezing if possible with a pestle the peels to extract all the flavored alcohol left inside.
Melt the sugar in the water, bringing it to a boil and pour the syrup obtained, only after having cooled it to room temperature, in the flavored alcohol you previously filtered.

At this point, bottle the limoncello obtained, with the help of a funnel, on the bottom of which you put a sterile gauze.

You can use 4 bottles of 750 ml, so you can then give them as a gift, making a welcome thought certainly homemade.

Close the bottles tightly, wrap them in foil and let them rest for 40 days in a cool, dark place.

And here is the limoncello ready to sip!

You can store your limoncello in the freezer.


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