What is Limoncello?

This sunny, sweet-tart Italian lemon liqueur is delicious sipped ice-cold on its own or mixed into cocktails like a Limoncello Spritz!

What You'll Need

You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this easy recipe, so let's round them up and get started!


Pour the entire bottle (750 mL) of vodka into a glass jar and add the lemon zest from 10 lemons.

Seal the Jar

Seal the jar tightly with a lid and set it in a cool, dark place for at least 1 week, and up to 1 month.

Swirl and Wait

Let steep for a week to extract lemon flavor, then swirl and taste-test every few days until it reaches a bright, tangy flavor.

Strain Out the Zest

Pour vodka mixture through a double layer of cheesecloth. Then discard the cheesecloth.

Make the Simple Syrup

Bring water and sugar to a boil, and whisk until sugar dissolves. Then remove from heat and let cool completely.


Stir the simple syrup into lemony vodka mixture, starting with 1 cup. Taste and add more until desired flavor is achieved.

Let Chill

Pour the finished lemon liqueur into a freezer-safe bottle that has a tight-fitting cap. Place in the refrigerator or freezer.


Serve ice-cold on its own, or mix it into your favorite cocktail.

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