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T.L.’s Limoncello

Drink limoncello neat or diluted. Add it to lemonade, swap it for the lemonade in an Arnold Palmer, mix it with Prosecco, or turn it into a Tom Collins or a limontini. Homemade limoncello also makes great gifts over the holidays or for special occasions, like birthdays.


32 servings

Total Time

30 minutes + steeping (6 days) & chilling (1 week)

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Remove lemon peels using a vegetable peeler, trimming any excess pith. Transfer peels to a one-gallon jar with an airtight lid.

Add vodka to jar, cover, and let steep in a cool, dark place 5 days.

Heat water and sugar in a saucepan over high to a boil, stirring often until sugar dissolves, 5 minutes. Let sugar syrup cool completely.

Stir sugar syrup into vodka-peels mixture, cover, and let stand in a cool, dark place, 1 day.

Strain limoncello through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing peels to release all the liquid. Cover and chill limoncello 1 week.

Transfer limoncello to bottles with lids; chill, covered, until ready to serve. Limoncello can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 1 month, or in the freezer for up to 1 year.

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