I love to have a few types of liquors for cocktails and cooking but I don’t like the price tag, so whenever I see a way to make my own liquor, I go for it. This Italian lemon liquor is absolutely delicious. You can use Limoncello to flavour any lemon desserts: pana cotta, lemon tiramisu, ice cream, cakes… And also savoury dishes: in risottos, in sauces to serve with chicken, fish or seafood.

This is super easy to do but you need to think ahead because this takes 3 weeks to macerate and a few more weeks to reach optimum maturity. It could also be a great Christmas present!


Source: Les délices de Mimm


6 organic unwaxed lemons (you’ll only be using the zest)
350g sugar
1 l. Vodka (or 1/2 l. 90° alcohol and 1/2l. water)


  1. Wash and dry the lemons. Carefully peel the zest to only get the yellow part (we don’t want the white bitter part).
  2. Place the alcohol in a jar with a lid (if using 90° alcohol, only use this, don’t add the water).
  3. Add the lemon zests into the alcohol and close the jar. Place in a dark cool place and leave for 3 weeks, shaking every so often.
  4. After 3 weeks, pour through a sieve to collect the alcohol (which will have turned yellow). Discard the zests.
  5. If using the Vodka, just add sugar to it and stir well until dissolved. If using the part 90° alcohol/part water: make a syrup with the water and sugar. Leave to cool and add to the alcohol.
  6. Pour into a bottle and tightly close the lid. Place in a cool dark place for at least 1 month to develop the flavours.
  7. Use in a recipe or drink (moderately!) with some ice cubes.

3 Responses to Limoncello

  1. Quelle bonne idée et recette ;: j’adore tout ce que l’on peut faire soi-même alors tu penses que ça ne peut que me plaire ! bonne soirée, bises :

  2. Yum, I am going to try this today. Great blog as always!

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