Limoncello Classic Recipe, Fresh and Zingy

Limoncello is traditionally made with Sorrento lemons but any good quality, unwaxed, lemons will do the job. Dilute with sparkling water to make a gorgeous, long drink, adding the juice of one fresh lemon per four drinks for extra punch.


  • 5 unwaxed ripe lemons
  • 1l bottle of your favorite unflavored vodka
  • 750g caster sugar
  • 700ml boiling water
fresh unwaxed Lemons


  • Pare the zest from all the lemons, do not to include any white pith. Put the zest in a large clean jar and pour over the vodka. Cover with a tightly fitting lid and leave for a week, shaking the jar each day.
  • Put the sugar in a heatproof bowl and pour over the boiling water, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add the vodka and peels and leave for a further week, shaking the jar regularly.
  • Strain into bottles, add strips of lemon zest to each bottle.

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