Homemade Limoncello

I never really got the Limoncello hype.  Probably because I had never had it before.   Then, I found some Frieda’s Meyer Lemons at our local Shop-Rite and after asking fans on my facebook page, I decided to try my hand at making some of my own.  Thank you to a co-worker Jessica who suggested this or I probably would have never tried it!  Don’t you just love the lovely yellow color and aren’t the limoncello glasses absolutely adorable?  I found those at Marshall’s for only 4.99 for the set of 3!

Homemade Limoncello

I found a few other containers at The Christmas Tree Shop.  One I took to work filled with this treat to share with Jessica for giving me the suggestion and the other I filled and put in the fridge.  Last night Grumpy pulled it out of the fridge, held it up for me to see, and told me it looked pretty.  LOL.  He won’t drink it though.  He’s not a huge lemon fan unless I am making my Lemon Swirled Cheesecake.

Homemade Limoncello
I found a recipe on allrecipes.com that I decided to use as a guide.  Not being a very big fan of really sweet drinks, I adapted the amount of sugar and I went with the number of lemons that I got in my bag (6 lemons).  I would probably use even less sugar next time around because even though I reduced it some, it still came out a little on the sweeter side for me.
Homemade Limoncello
Author: adapted from allrecipes
  • 10 lemons, peeled (make sure to not get the pith (the white part))
  • 1 liter vodka
  • 5 cups water
  • 2-1.2 cups sugar
  1. Place vodka and lemon zest in a large glass jar.  Cover and let sit for 7 days.
  2. On day 6, bring water and to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.  Let cool overnight.
  3. On day 7, strain the vodka mixture and add the sugar water.  Distribute into pretty little clear glass bottles 🙂

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Homemade Limoncello

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Patsy K November 12, 2013 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    I've had limoncello a couple of times and love it! I need to give making it at home a try!

  2. Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads November 12, 2013 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Oh my! This looks fantastic! Pinning!

  3. ReneesKitchenAdventures November 12, 2013 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Very cool that you made this. I bet you could find some recipes to use it in!

  4. Joanne DiPalo November 13, 2013 at 12:58 am - Reply

    Sounds delicious. I like making homemade liquers. I remember my mom and my aunt used to make them way back when I was growing up. They always had fun and it's one of the reasons I love being in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing this and will give it a try if I get a chance this season. Pinned and shared.

  5. Jeff @ Cheese-burger.net November 19, 2013 at 9:17 am - Reply

    I myself am not a fan of sweet drinks. Thankfully your adaptation is just about right. Also the glasses looks adorable.

  6. Anonymous October 11, 2019 at 2:21 pm - Reply


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