Super-Simple Limoncello Recipe

Reader Contribution by Wendy Akin
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I’ve had limoncello that was thick and tasted of lemon candy. The recipe below is lighter and has a more pure lemon flavor. 

But before we get to the recipe, a girlfriend who gardens in England wrote that she is overwhelmed with strawberries and asked what to do. (Poor dear!) I advised that she cut the berries in quarters into as big a jar as needed and cover with vodka.

When the berries are near white and the vodka is red, carefully strain out into bottles. Add a little simple syrup to taste. Put in the refrigerator and save for a gloomy winter day when a sip of sunshine will be most welcome. 

I should also mention: Should you have an embarrassment of raspberries, you’ll want to do much the same as the strawberries: Rinse the berries gently and put into a bowl. Put on a nitrile glove and stick your hand in and just squoosh all the berries, in batches if you have a lot of them.

Keep squooshing until the berries are well broken, but don’t use the food processor. You’ll break seeds and that can be bitter — plus, you’ll never get it well strained at the end. 

Put the berries into large jars, about 1/3 full, and top up with vodka. When the berries are near white and the vodka red, strain through a fine strainer into bottles. Add some simple syrup to taste — not too much!

Refrigerate until a gloomy winter’s evening. Dilute with a bit of seltzer or champagne, if you like, for a celebratory brunch. I’ve recently thought to try adding agave syrup instead of a cane sugar syrup. I think it will work well! 

Limoncello Recipe

Makes 1 quart


  • 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/5-size bottle of vodka


  1. Get a quart jar with lid.
  2. Peel 2 lemons. Put the peel in your mini food processor with about 1/4 cup of sugar and process to a paste. 
  3. Put the peel paste into the jar, pour in your 1/5-size bottle of vodka (you don’t have to get an expensive bottle; with the peel and sugar, you can’t tell the difference).
  4. Give it a shake, let it infuse 3 or 4 days and strain out back into your vodka bottle that you cleverly saved. 

Sip over ice, diluted a bit if you like.

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