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Course Drink
Cuisine Italian
Keyword citrus, drink, lemon, lycooking, lyukum cooking lab, recipe
Prep Time 28 days
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 days
Servings 2 0.5L bottles


for vodka infusion

  • 750 ml vodka Shevkoff Black Ultra Premium Vodka
  • 12 each lemons organic

for sugar syrup

  • 2 cups sugar white
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup lemon juice freshly squeezed, strained


  • A great tasting limoncello starts with freshly harvested organically grown lemons. Wash them. Using your favorite tool for zesting, remove just the thin yellow skin, or zest, of the fruit.
  • Combine the lemon zest and vodka in a large glass jar, secure a lid, and let sit for at least 1 and up to 3 weeks. See Recipe Note below for the options with 12 zested lemons.
  • After infusing the vodka for 1 to 3 weeks, prepare sugar syrup. In a pan, combine water, lemon juice, and sugar and bring to simmer until sugar is completely dissolved. Take it off the heat and let cool to the room temperature.
  • Add sugar syrup to infused vodka and stir. Cover and let it sit for 1 to 3 days, then strain and bottle. Refrigerate limoncello for at least 1 day before serving.


So, we end up with 12 zested lemons. How to use them?
  • Slice them and make lemon-infused honey
  • Juice the lemons. Reserve one cup of juice for the syrup to add to your infused vodka when finishing the limoncello. Measure and freeze it until ready to use.
  • Use the rest of the juice to make lemony ice cubes
  • Use the rest of the juice to make lemon tart
  • Use the rest of the juice to make lemon curd