In Progress Projects: Limoncello Recipe

lemonsI’ve been wanting to try a limoncello recipe for a long time. I don’t know if I’d like it at all, but I’m giving it a shot, since gifting season is coming and I wanted to have a diverse, colorful list of “nom nom noms” to give at the holidays. Here’s how I made mine…

  • Buy insanely large hermetic storage jar from Container Store (I now own three).
  • Buy giant bag of lemons and another giant bottle of cheap vodka from Costco, thus ensuring my reputation as total drunk at my local Costco store (I’m beginning to think I worry far too much about what they think).


  • Chop lemons and throw them in the jar.


  • Pour vodka in jar.
  • Close the jar.


  • Do the hokey pokey and shake it all about.
  • Put it in the pantry and wait.

There’s more, but that’s to come, and why should you have to wait until my limoncello’s done to start yours?! Full recipe’s below.

What I learned in the making:

  • Buy small lemons, not these crazy-big things I bought. Also, you should probably use lemons with thinner skins, but these seem to be doing okay.
  • The recipe here calls for 750-ml bottle of booze. You can use cheap vodka like I did or use some kind of grain alcohol. I made way more than I meant to, and chopped up far too many lemons before I realized that 750 ml wasn’t going to be enough to cover the lemons, so I had to use all of my giant bottle from Costco. So…use small lemons.

Homemade Limoncello

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: A bunch of limoncello for gift-giving.


  • Insanely large jar
  • 12 small lemons or 8 large ones
  • 750 ml cheap vodka
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 3 1/4 cups organic sugar
  • 3/4 cup honey


  1. Sterilize jar.
  2. Cut lemons into quarters and throw 'em in the jar.
  3. Pour vodka over lemons and close jar.
  4. Gently shake jar.
  5. Put jar in pantry for one month, shaking every day.
  6. After one month, strain liquid into a bowl and reserve.
  7. Add strained lemons, water, sugar, and honey to a pot.
  8. Simmer, while gently crushing and mashing lemons, for 10-15 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.
  9. Remove from heat.
  10. Strain liquid from pot into reserved alcohol mixture and mix.
  11. Strain mixture into bottles.


Infusion time: 1 month


Susan Baroncini-Moe

Susan Baroncini-Moe is a Guinness World Records® titleholder, author of Business In Blue Jeans: How To Have A Successful Business On Your Own Terms, In Your Own Style , and a business & marketing coach and consultant. When she's not counseling her clients on how to market their businesses, she's making jams, jellies, crafty things, and booze or hanging out with her husband and their delightfully wicked guinea pig, Ginger.

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