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Homemade limoncello with grain alcohol

Follow these easy step-by-step instructions and find out how easy it is to prepare your homemade limoncello with grain alcohol!
Prep Time30 minutes
Resting10 days
Total Time10 days 30 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: digestive, gift idea, homemade, local
Servings: 20 people
Calories: 70kcal
Author: Roberto
Cost: $ 0.3


  • a vegetable peeler
  • a sealed glass container
  • a pot
  • a spoon
  • a strainer
  • a funnel


  • 5 organic lemons
  • 500 ml grain alcohol
  • 300 gr sugar
  • 500 ml water


  • Start washing accurately the lemons and drying them with a towel.
    Homemade limoncello - lemons
  • Using a vegetable peeler, peel the lemons. It's very important that you don't remove the white part of the peels, you need only the yellow one.
    Homemade limoncello - peels
  • Put the peels into a sealed glass container (I use a jar) and cover them with alcohol. Seal the container and put it in a fresh and dark place.
  • I move the container every day to mix the ingredients, for at least one week, usually for 10 days. You will see every day the peels loose color and the liquid become more intensly .yellow.
    Homemade limoncello - resting
  • After the resting period, prepare the syrup. Warm the water in a pot and make the sugar melt in it, gently mixing. When the syrup is ready, let it cool down.
    Homemade limoncello - syrup
  • Add the syrup to the alcohol and the peels and mix it.
    Homemade limoncello - mixing
  • With a funnel, strain the liquid into the bottles in which you will store the limoncello.
    Homemade limoncello - straining
  • Let the limoncello rest for a couple of weeks, then store the bottles in the fridge. To be served really cold. Enjoy!
    Homemade limoncello with grain alcohol