Authentic Italian Lemoncello Recipe


Authentic Italian Lemoncello Recipe submitted by Christine

This recipe is not my own but comes handed down from my mother-in-law’s village in the Frozenone area of southern Italy, where the women folk pride themselves on offering the best lemoncello to their guests.

Makes around 2.5 litres of lemoncello in 8 days. Lemoncello stores well for years if kept in the dark however mine never lasts long!!

Ingredients for Lemoncello:

  • 12 unwaxed lemons (preferably organic)
  • 1 litre of purest alcohol (40% vodka will do)
  • 1.5 litres of water
  • 1 kg sugar.

Method for Lemoncello:

  1. Finely peel the lemons, taking care not to include any pith, (this will make it sour). Then soak the lemon peel in the alcohol for 8 days.
  2. Take the water and sugar and heat in a pan till the sugar dissolves, let it cool.It is important to let it cool or the alcohol will evaporate when mixed with hot liquid.
  3. Then pass the alcohol/ lemon mixture through a fine sieve and mix with the sugary water, bottle and then enjoy!!

Makes about 2.5 litres.

I tend to bottle into small wine bottles as my friends always ask me for some to take home. This recipe is best stored in a dark place to ensure the colour of the liquid remains true.

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4 comments on “Authentic Italian Lemoncello Recipe
  1. Shirley Housley says:

    Do you only use the skin of the lemons in this recipe! ?

  2. nik says:

    Great recipe!!! I use slightly less water (equal to vodka) and a bit less sugar. UNLESS you can get the VERY strong alcohol that is more authentic this is best recipe I have found…..thanks!!
    AND (a tip!!) what do do with the juice of 12 lemons??? Put it (without pips) into an ice cube tray and freeze!!!!! Store frozen cubes in freezer bag….
    Pop one into a drink of your choice……..Gin, Vermouth etc…..

  3. kim says:

    Use the juice of the lemons to make the kids lemon soda. Mix the juice with equal quantity of simple syrup and top up with soda water

  4. Hazel says:

    This recipe has met with so much success friends are bringing back their empty bottles and asking for refills!! Flaming cheek.

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