Limoncello – 80 days and worth the wait

As I was wading through the new Food & Wine this month I came across a recipe for a drink that uses Limoncello.  If you have not had this wonderful elixer or cannot find it where you live here is how to make it.  You only need a few items and a LOT of patience to finish this.  I like to start this around the end of February or mid March so it is ready for summer.  Keep a bottle in the freezer.


20 lemons (if you can get Meyer Lemons use them)

2 bottles good quality vodka (750 ml)

Peel the lemons and remove all the white pith.  Place into a container that will hold both the peels and the vodka.  Place in a cool, dark spot for 40 days (not I’m not exaggerating)


Add 2 cups simple syrup

add 1 bottle high alcohol vodka (I do not recommend the cheap hootch here)

Let rest another 40 days.  After 80 days, strain into bottles and store in the freezer for future enjoyment.

Best served on a hot, sticky summer day as the sun goes down in little glasses.  This is a sipping drink, not a chugging one.




  1. Correen said,

    June 4, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Super easy recipe for this yummy summertime drink. I’ve bookmarked it to try here at home. You are welcome to join and add your blog posts about food. It’s free, we have a revenue sharing plan and it helps get exposure to your hard work.

  2. Jessica said,

    July 9, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I’m totally going to do this. My grandma used to make her own and I always use to look at the lemons in the glass bottle as a kid. Aaahh the memories….love you gram.

    Thanks for sharing!


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