Make your friends and family happy this Christmas with homemade limoncello. Get the recipe below.

Christmas preparations

I wish I could say that my Christmas hampers are made, and the presents purchased and wrapped but that’s definitely not the case. Ideally I’d be snuggled up on the sofa, with a box of chocolate by my side and a Christmas film on the TV but there are still so many Christmas preparations to do.

My drink of choice on an evening like this is Limoncello. I love the sticky sweetness of the lemon liqueur with its sharp, zingy tang. Limoncello is incredibly easy to drink, and the high alcohol content of the liqueur will leave you with a warm fuzzy glow.

It’s also the only bit of Christmas prep I’ve already managed to complete!

Its so simple to make Limoncello at home and it's a fab gift to add to your Christmas hampers this year! Find out how to make it at Supper in the Suburbs

Three simple steps…

For those who don’t know, Limoncello is a liqueur made by mixing over-proof (very strong) spirit, with the peel of lemons and a sugar syrup. By adding a sugar syrup you considerably cut down the alcohol content of the drink making it anywhere between 10% and 30% depending on the spirit you started with.

I use a 37.5% triple distilled vodka so expect mine is somewhere around the 18% mark meaning that it tastes fantastic served rather simply over ice.

You’ll need at least 10 days to make it from start to finish so you still have plenty of time if you want to make it before Christmas

Just follow the simple steps below.

Its so simple to make Limoncello at home and it's a fab gift to add to your Christmas hampers this year! Find out how to make it at Supper in the Suburbs

The recipe


Emma Walton
Create your own lemon flavoured liquer at home.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 d
Total Time 10 d 30 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Servings 40 shots
Calories 106.3 kcal


  • You will also need a large airtight container that is able to hold up to 2 litres of liquid.


  • 10 lemons unwaxed
  • 700 millilitres over-proof spirit i.e. vodka
  • 700 millilitres hot water
  • 600 grams granulated sugar


  • Peel each of the lemons, trying to avoid retaining any of the bitter pitch and transfer to a large airtight container.
  • Pour over the alcohol, seal the lid, and store in a cool dark place for a minimum of 3 days (but up to 10 days is best!)
  • Every couple of days give the container a shake to keep the lemon peel moving about the liquid. You will notice after roughly 3 days that the liquid turns from clear to yellow - by the tenth day it will be flourescent!
  • A day before you wish to bottle the Limoncello, fill a jug with 700ml of hot (but not boiling) water and add the sugar.
  • Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Remove the lemon peel from the alcohol and pour the sugar syrup into the airtight container.
  • Mix the syrup and the now yellow alcohol.
  • Replace the lid and leave the liquid in a cool dark place overnight so that the flavours completely infuse.
  • It will now be ready to bottle! Ensure you have enough bottles for at least 1.5 litres of liquid.
  • These should be sterilised either with sterilisation solution, or by washing with warm soapy water and leaving to dry in a warm oven.
  • Once bottled the Limoncello is best kept in the fridge, or even better the freezer!
  • If you have used an over-proof spirit the high alcohol level should keep the Limoncello from freezing.
  • Best served over ice or in cocktails.


Don't be put off with how long it take to make Limoncello. For the most part it's hidden away in a cupboard and you'll be wandering around the shops doing your Christmas shopping while it does all the hard work!


Calories: 106.3kcalCarbohydrates: 17.51gProtein: 0.3gFat: 0.08gSaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 0.86mgPotassium: 37.73mgFiber: 0.76gSugar: 15.64gVitamin A: 5.94IUVitamin C: 14.31mgCalcium: 7.17mgIron: 0.17mg
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My easy Limoncello recipe makes the perfect recipe for gifting this Christmas and New Year. Find out how to make it at Supper in the Suburbs!

Bottle it for gifting

This recipe easily fills two 700ml bottles so make sure you have enough bottles to hand. I particularly love old quirky, textured bottles and it looks particularly festive when poured into a frosted bottle. The white haze reminds me of a light coating of snow or frost.

If you aren’t planning on keeping this all for yourselves, though I highly recommend it…Kilner (and I’m sure many other brands) sell 250ml and 500ml bottles so you could add a small bottle to a Christmas hamper like I’ve done. They also make great gifts for the host and hostess at New Years Eve!

Make Christmas come early for me and why not buy the bottles you need via the amazon links in this post. These are affiliate links so I will earn a small amount of commission which helps me keep posting recipes like these!

Limoncello Gin Fizz

If you don’t fancy drinking the Limoncello neat, why not try this tasty cocktail?

Limoncello and Gin Cocktail

15 thoughts on “Limoncello”

  • Oh boy, limoncello is ‘one of those’ drinks for me… It was a long weekend at Center Parks and also involved a prune liquor… The photos are not a pretty thing 😮 Love the fact you can make it at home although I should probably slide on that one 😀

  • This brings back some very happy, and drunken, memories of Italy. I really should try making it myself. Perfect for a Christmas gift.

    • I am DESPERATE to go to Italy!!! I have grand plans of renting a villa in the hills somewhere for a whole summer, sipping ice cold limoncello by a pool. Maybe one day 🙂

  • This is such a great idea! Not only for the Christmas gifts for friends or family, but any time of the year! Love it!

    • Thanks Anna! I always try to save a couple of bottles for myself and I like to pop one in the freezer to serve ICE cold in the summer 🙂

    • Thanks Prasanna. I’ve updated the post so you can buy the bottles I’ve used and browse a few others. They are ideal!

  • Does this need to be refrigerated? Just wondering as I would like to make this as a gift! Can’t wait to try it, thanks in advance!

    • I keep mine in the fridge or freezer purely because it’s best served cold but it doesn’t need to be. Enjoy!

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