Standard Limoncello Recipe - LimoncelloQuest

Standard Limoncello Recipe

There are many limoncello recipes available on the internet but since I’m engaged in a pseudo-scientific endeavor here, it makes sense to publish my basic recipe. Wanna hear it? Here it go:

Limoncello ingredients:

  • Two (2) 750ml bottles of pure grain alcohol, so 1.5L of alcohol
  • The zest of 17 lemons (in one test it worked out to ~50 grams of zest, but that’s highly dependent on how you zest)
  • 3.5 cups of white sugar
  • 5 cups of filtered water

Limoncello recipe instructions:

  1. Zest the lemons, put the zest in a glass one-gallon jar with the alcohol and let it sit for 45 days.
  2. Mix the sugar and water in a pot and bring to a boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Let the mixture sit until completely cool and then mix with the alcohol and lemon infusion.
  4. Let that mixture sit for 45 days.
  5. Filter the mixture 4 times using #4 coffee filters.
  6. Bottle the liquid and put it in the freezer.

That’s the short, basic version. There’s a lot more to it though and it would be wise of you to check the long-form recipe for all the gory details.

Leave a Comment:

(6) comments

[…] latest two batches of liqueurs were limoncello and spiced rum. The limoncello comes from this recipe.  The spiced rum is based on this, but I have modified […]


[…] digging as to the how to. I’ve found recipes that are done in a weekend all the way up to 3 months and a few points in […]


[…] From Limoncello Quest – Standard Recipe […]

romalue keith August 5, 2018

I just found your site. Very informative!

I was wondering if I could halve the recipe as I do not want that much limoncello.



Ben August 10, 2018

Sure you can.

Elayne December 11, 2018

As winemaker and competitor, I am always looking for new recipes. Personally, I have never made Limoncello but I have drank it… thoroughly enjoy it & am looking forward to further newsletters.

Add Your Reply

Leave a Comment: