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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10th Dec, 2010
BrandNewBaker, it shouldn't make any difference. If I couldn't get unwaxed I would buy waxed and give them a good scrub.
7th Dec, 2010
I've got a horrible feeling I just wasted a whole litre of vodka by adding the peel from waxed lemons by mistake. Anything I can do to salvage it, or is it ruined?
16th Nov, 2009
Is the vodka etc added to hot sugar syrup?
23rd Feb, 2009
I have ordered my palermo bottles from Lakeland and can't wait to make this and the Cranberry vodka, although I have a glut of frozen rasperries so it will probably be rasperry vodka! My boyfriend must be bored of hearing me going on about them!
3rd Jan, 2009
too much sugar! A waste of vodka. didn't work for me
22nd Dec, 2008
Hi Jeanie Mas. Lakeland Ltd sell preserving bottles.
17th Dec, 2008
Have made this using lemons from my tree - picked them Sunday. Where do I get the bottles shown in the recipe picture?
19th Nov, 2008
Love the sound of this recipe but how long will it Keep?
10th Nov, 2008
Zest only - that way you get the lemon flavour but none of the bitterness. Have just added the syrup and it tastes great already, not sure it'll last another week...
29th Aug, 2008
Would be interested to know if you're suposed to add the lemon juice to this recipe. Doesn't make it clear in the instructions.


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