Limoncello in bottle with lemon and glasses in background


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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…

  • 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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30th Nov, 2011
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.
17th Nov, 2011
Doh! Just saw the answer...
17th Nov, 2011
Does anyone know if I leave the lemon zest in, or do I need to strain it at some point??
13th Oct, 2011
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!!
12th Mar, 2011 do some lovely bottles in different sizes and shapes -it makes a super gift with a homemade label!!
5th Jan, 2011
Made it and love it - now on the look out for good cocktail recipes to use it in
28th Dec, 2010
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
15th Dec, 2010
I have just added the dissolved sugar and it has gone a bit cloudy is this normal?
11th Dec, 2010
Hi Nic, drinks like this last for ages so don't worry about it going off. It may deteriorate in flavour after a few years but still be drinkable. I'm going to make a batch tomorrow for gifts.
11th Dec, 2010
does anyone know how long this last for once made? i want to make it as an xmas gift but not sure when to start.. thanks


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