While on vacation in the Amalfi Coast just a few short weeks ago, it wasn’t unusual to find ourselves dining, hiking or gelato-ing (it’s a verb) surrounded by lemon groves. This citrusy fruit is abundant in this part of the world and Italians have long been capitalizing. Their go-to after dinner drink? Limoncello. A sweet and sour beverage that declares ones meal complete. Since our return, I’ve tasted a few variations from our local liquor store, all of which have seriously palled in comparison. Lucky for me and my incredible Internet skills (thanks google!), I recently discovered that you can easily make it yourself. And so I obviously did just that.

Homemade LimoncelloA sweet and sour after-dinner drink inspired by the Amalfi Coast
prep time
1 Hour/s
cook time
5 Minute/s
total time
1 Hour/s 5 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 10 lemons
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle vodka
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  1. Remove the peel from the lemons in long strips using a vegetable peeler. Trim away any white piths from the peel (as this can make your limoncello quite bitter).
  2. Place the lemon peels in a 2-quart pitcher or large mason jar.
  3. Pour the vodka over the peels and make sure they're completely submerged.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap or seal tightly with a lid.
  5. Place the jar or jug in a dark cupboard at room temperature and let sit for 4 days.
  6. After 4 days, add the sugar and water to a medium saucepan and stir until disolved. This should take 4-5 minutes.
  7. Let you're sugar water (syrup!) cool completely.
  8. Once cooled, pour it into your vodka mixture.
  9. Reseal and let sit, at room temperature, overnight.
  10. Remove the lemon peels using a strainer and transfer the limoncello to a bottle or clean jar.
  11. Refrigerate until cold.
  12. Enjoy!

Styling & Photography: lark & linen | Recipe Adapted from: Giada de Laurentiis