Make traditional limoncello at home with this easy recipe. A great way of using up extra lemons, limoncello is a sweet liquer often served as an digestif.

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Adapted from Gifts from Your Kitchen By Deborah Nicholas.

Ingredients and Method


  • 500g Caster Sugar
  • 700ml Boiling Water
  • 1 Litre Vodka
  • Zest of 5 Lemons, grated


  1. Sterilise a 2L glass jar and lid (see our How To page for instructions).
  2. Place the sugar and boiling water in a heavy-based pan such as our Kilner® Preserving Pan and heat gently until all the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Leave to cool.
  4. Add the lemon zest to the sterilised jar and pour in the vodka.
  5. Pour the sugar syrup over the lemon zest and vodka in the jar. Seal and shake well.
  6. Leave in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks, then shake well again. Repeat this for 2 months, shaking every 2 weeks until the zest has lost all of its colour.
  7. Sterilise a 1L bottle.
  8. Sieve the limoncello before decanting into the bottle.
  9. Store in a cool dark place and use as a liqueur.

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