Limoncello

Limoncello

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Ready to drink in 2 weeks

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes about 2 litres

Make up a batch of this boozy lemony drink - it's great as a homemade gift or poured over ice cream

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
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protein
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carbs
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fat
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saturates
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fibre
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sugar
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salt
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Ingredients

  • 5 unwaxed lemons
  • 1l bottle vodka
  • 750g caster sugar
  • 700ml boiling water

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Method

  1. Pare the zest from all the lemons, taking care not to include any white pith. Put the zest in a large clean jar and pour over the vodka. Cover with a tightly fitting lid and leave for a week, shaking the jar each day.
  2. Put the sugar in a heatproof bowl and pour over the boiling water, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add the vodka and peels and leave for a further week, shaking the jar regularly.
  3. Strain into decorative bottles, adding a few strips of lemon zest to each bottle.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2004

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becca88's picture

Incredibly easy and quick to make but far too sweet (even after spending a day in the freezer). It's more of a syrup than a drink so will try it in a dessert.

lydia8601's picture

Made this for my Mum for Christmas last year and went down well with the whole family.

freyajane9's picture
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Just starting to make this and have used lemons for barney desmazery's lemonade.
Looking forward to both drinks

darrengreen22's picture

Made a batch of these for Christmas presents and they were a massive hit! Far superior to the shop bought stuff, much "fresher" tasting, no washing up liquid flavours here!
Dangerously easy to make too, it might just be a regular!
Just bear in mind that you'll need a 3 litre jar to make it (or 2 x 1.5L that I used).

emmagraceyates's picture

I'm nearly halfway through making my batch and I have used a bottle of Eristoff vodka which is around 40%, and it looks like it's going well so far!

mcgarvak's picture

Can this be made with normal Red Label Smirnoff (37.5%)? Similar recipes on the web state you must use 100% proof colourless alcohol

durrells's picture

Great recipe and with several lemon trees I have no problem with a constant supply of un-waxed lemons. It must be drunk ice cold. I am really struggling to understand why anyone would throw the vodka bottle away and go to a shop and buy empty bottles?

ajc999's picture

Beautiful and so easy. It made two full bottles of drink so left the second one in the fridge for a few months and it tasted even better !

debluvsfood's picture
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Lovely :)

debluvsfood's picture
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Lovely :)

kipperslippers's picture
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Received as a gift, used it on Ice cream and in hot toddys (1/3 scotch 1/3 ginger wine 1/6 limoncello 1/6 ginger ale) worked a treat, but the limoncellos a little sweet for me to drink neat :-)

gervais's picture
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Made these for Christmas gifts for colleagues and had a little left over for myself. It absolutely delicious poured over ice cream much better than the commercial stuff and cheaper. Looking at using it in a lot more recipies

gervais's picture
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Made these for Christmas gifts for colleagues and had a little left over for myself. It absolutely delicious poured over ice cream much better than the commercial stuff and cheaper. Looking at using it in a lot more recpies.

tashwa's picture

Doh! Just saw the answer...

tashwa's picture

Does anyone know if I leave the lemon zest in, or do I need to strain it at some point??

littlegreendragon13's picture
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I made this for Christmas presents last year and everyone loved it! It was so simple to make, I can see myself making this again very soon!!

sallymount's picture

Jamjar.com do some lovely bottles in different sizes and shapes -it makes a super gift with a homemade label!!

jane_saunders04's picture

Made it and love it - now on the look out for good cocktail recipes to use it in

clarice's picture
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Really easy to make, good lemon flavour. Re the comment on sweetness, this should be served very cold so you need extra sweetness as temperature affects it. You can keep in the freezer and serve it directly from there

l-stonehouse's picture

I have just added the dissolved sugar and it has gone a bit cloudy is this normal?

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