Lemmoncello Recipe

Limmoncello Recipe

Simple, elegant, and sure to get the party started – here is a recipe for delicious Italian-style Lemoncello, which is a lemon-infused liqueur made with lemon peel and simple syrup, typically served chilled.


  • 15 lemons, large w/ thick skins
  • 750ml bottle of Everclear (190 proof)
  • 4 cups sugar
  • water (3 cups, then 5 cups)


  • zester / fine grater / vegetable peeler
  • glass jar & secondary container
  • funnel
  • coffee filters


  1. Wash lemons with soap and hot water, then dry them completely.
  2. Zest lemons carefully to avoid the white pith under the outer peel. The peel will infuse the alcohol with sweetness and flavor, while any pith will add unwelcome bitterness.
  3. In a large glass jar or bottle, add the bottle of Everclear and 3 cups of water.
  4. Add the zest to the alcohol and water, close jar, and let sit for as long as possible in a cool dry area. 10 days minimum, 30+ days is recommended for a smooth final product. The alcohol will extract the color and flavor from the lemon peel.
  5. Filter the liqueur mixture into a secondary container by pouring it through 1-3 coffee filters placed into a funnel, removing all of the lemon zest. Filter multiple times, as needed, for a clearer product.
  6. Make a simple syrup by bringing 5 cups water to a boil, then turning off the heat and adding 4 cups sugar. Stir continuously until completely dissolved and smooth.
  7. Let the syrup cool, then add it to your filtered, lemon-infused alcohol mixture.  
  8. Age for 10+ days, for best results wait 30+ days or longer. The Limoncello is complete, and will only get smoother as time passes.
  9. Bottle and store in freezer, and serve chilled directly from your freezer!