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  • Dairy free
  • Egg free
  • Gluten free
  • Lactose free
  • Peanut free
  • Nut free
  • Sesame free
  • Soy free
  • Wheat free
  • Shellfish free
  • Seafood free
  • Low fat per serve
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Perfectly sweet and zingy, this limoncello recipe is great for entertaining or gifting. 

  • Makes1, approx 3 1/2 cups (830mL)
  • Cook time10 minutes
  • Prep time20 minutes, + cooling & 3-4 weeks infusing time


  • 10 lemons, washed and scrubbed
  • 700ml grain vodka
  • 1 1/2 cups (330g) caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) water

Nutritional information

Per 50ml: Energy: 262kJ/63 Cals (3%), Protein: 0.1g (0%), Fat: 0.1g (0%), Sat Fat: 0g (0%), Carb: 7g (2%), Sugar: 7g (8%), Dietary Fibre: 0.5g (2%), Sodium: 1mg (0%).

Check ingredient labels to make sure they meet your specific dietary requirements and always consult a health professional before changing your diet. View dietary information here.

Percentage Daily Intake information on our recipes is calculated using the nutrition reference values for an average Australian adult.


  1. Step 1

    Peel lemons carefully, avoiding the white pith under the skin (juice the remaining lemon flesh and freeze in ice cube trays to use in your cooking).

  2. Step 2

    Combine lemon peel and vodka in a glass jar. Seal and place jar in a cool, dark place for 3-4 weeks to develop the flavours. Gently shake the jar every 3 days. (To test limoncello, taste every few days at the 3 week mark. If there is a tangy lemon flavour stronger than the alcohol taste, it’s ready to strain.)

  3. Step 3

    Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool.

  4. Step 4

    Strain the lemon mixture 2-3 times through a strainer lined with muslin or a clean Chux cloth to remove lemon pulp. Pour in the sugar mixture and stir to combine. Bottle the limoncello and place in the fridge to chill.

Recipe tip

Don’t skip washing the lemons – this removes the waxy coating on the peel. Pour over boiling water, then scrub them with a scourer under cold water.


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