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Prep: 15 mins Ready to drink in 2 weeks


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

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  • 5 unwaxed lemons



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 1l bottle vodka



    Originally associated with Russia, Slavonic, Baltic and Scandinavian countries, vodka has become…

  • 750g caster sugar
  • 700ml boiling water


  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.

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28th Mar, 2017
Delicious and very fresh tasting. I used Aldi's cheapest ~37.5% vodka and it was great! Trying it with limes next...
11th Feb, 2016
My daughter made this for Christmas and we have just made another two batches. We used basic vodka from a discounter as it came out well in a recent vodka review. Easy to make and superior to most of the supermarket ones I've tried. It does not have the same chemically created yellowness as the bought stuff but that's got to be a good thing.
8th Dec, 2014
Very easy to make but very, very sweet. Would benefit from being served straight from the freezer as even from the fridge it was a bit sickly. It is quite syrupy and as someone said below, would perhaps be better in a dessert. Luckily Good Food has some recipes using limoncello!
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15th Aug, 2014
Made it for my Kids and they love it... Beautiful and so easy. Thanks :)
18th May, 2014
Made it as Christmas gifts and everyone was very impressed. It also tastes so much better than store-bought and it was very easy to make!
10th Dec, 2013
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.
20th Nov, 2013
Made this for my Mum for Christmas last year and went down well with the whole family.
11th Jun, 2013
Just starting to make this and have used lemons for barney desmazery's lemonade. Looking forward to both drinks
25th Dec, 2012
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).
12th Dec, 2012
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!


1st Dec, 2014
Don't have a jar big enough, can I use a saucepan and just stir it daily?
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1st Dec, 2014
Hi sarahabe you could use anything large enough to hold the quantity as long as it has a lid or can be sealed tightly with cling film between stirring. Alternatively split the batch between multiple jars or bottles. Hope you enjoy it! 
26th Jun, 2014
Can I store limoncello bottled and sealed in dark cool cupboard and for how long ? I am hoping to give some away for Christmas. this is my first attempt !
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7th Jul, 2014
Yes you can. If you make sure you sterilise the bottles first, it will keep well for a long time, about 9-12 months.
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