A bottle of homemade limoncello with two glasses on the side


  • Makes 500ml
  • Easy

Vodka, sugar and the best-quality lemons you can find – homemade limoncello really is that simple. Enjoy as an aperitif or digestif alongside an Italian-inspired feast


Make up a batch of refreshing limoncello, then check out our limoncello spritz, limoncello and thyme collins, blood orange margarita and more citrus cocktail recipes.



  • unwaxed lemons 3, (use the best quality you can find)
  • vodka 500ml
  • sugar 350g


  • Step 1

    Pare the zest from the lemons and drop into a glass jar. Pour over the vodka and mix. Seal the jar and leave to infuse for a week in a cool, dark place.

  • Step 2

    Tip the sugar and 350ml of water into a pan and heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Mix the sugar syrup into the infused vodka. Leave to infuse for another week, shaking every now and then. Pour into sterilised flip-top bottles and seal. Keep at room temperature until you want to drink it (limoncello will keep indefinitely).

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