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Homemade Limoncello

by Natures Garden | Other recipes by this author

Lemonade is among the most refreshing drinks on a hot summer day. However, when the sun sets and you're enjoying the warm night breezes, a lemony beverage with a kick like Limoncello can't be beat. Hardware and specialty cookware stores sell oversized sealable jars large enough to hold the ingredients for aging, which takes about a week. 

  • Zest of 6 or 7 large Sundance Natural Foods lemons
  • 1 liter or quart of pure grain alcohol or vodka, preferably 100 proof
  • 5 cups water 
  • 3 cups sugar

Prep Time: 15min    Cook Time: 20min    Level: Easy


  • 7.00 ea Lemons - Eureka
  • 5.00 cup Water
  • 3.00 cup Sugar
  • 1.00 qt Pure Grain Alcohol


  1. Remove the zest from the lemons with a vegetable peeler or zester. Be careful to remove only the yellow part of the lemon as the white pith will make the beverage bitter. 

  2. Cover the glass jar with plastic wrap and store it in a cool place to age for 7 days.

  3. On the sixth day of aging, prepare the simple syrup. Bring 5 cups of water to a boil and add the sugar. Stir until completely dissolved. Set aside to cool overnight. 

  4. The next day, strain the lemon-alcohol mixture. Discard the peels.

  5. Combine the simple syrup with the alcohol in the glass jar and stir well. Chill in the refrigerator or freezer. Serve straight up or over ice.

  6. Limoncello can be stored in a capped jar or bottle in the freezer or refrigerator for up to 2 years.

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