Recipe type: Alcohol
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Serves: 20
  • Ingredients:
  • 1.5 L bottle of vodka (you can use whatever brand you want price doesn't make too much of a difference as we are going to add tons of sugar)
  • 1.5 L bottle of Everclear (if you can't find this just use a second bottle of vodka, the Everclear just prevents the limoncello from getting ice crystals if you put it in the freezer)
  • 20 Lemons (organic is preferred)
  • Supplies:
  • Large glass container with lid (I found one at the local grocery for $6.00)
  • potato peeler
  1. Get started by throughly washing and drying all of your lemons. If you are unable to purchase organic ones I would recommend using a fruit/vegetable wash on them.
  2. Next using the potato peeler, peel the lemons removing just the top layer avoiding the pith (white part). There is bound to be a bit of the pith; however you want to avoid it as much as possible because it causes the cello to become bitter.
  3. Once you have all of the lemons peeled place the peels into the sterilized glass container (I ran mine through the dishwasher with the heat dry to ensure all the germs were gone).
  4. Pour all of the vodka and Everclear over the lemon peels. Next place a piece of plastic wrap over the opening of the container then place the lid. Swirl the container around to ensure that all of the peels are mixed with the alcohol.
  5. Place the jar in a cool dark place like your basement or the pantry. Whew! that was rough! Now we wait…..and wait… and wait some more. About once a week just swirl the jar to mix things up a bit then we wait until we get to 40 days.
  6. *** You can make a smaller batch of this just decrease the alcohol and decrease the lemons. I also tried doing half the batch using lemons and half the batch using oranges. This can be made gluten-free if you are using a potato vodka also most research says that even normal vodka is gluten-free due to the distillation process most people who are gluten sensitive are having a reaction to the cross contamination while its being distilled.
Recipe by Sassy Southern Yankee at