How to make limoncello

Bottles of limoncello on table | How to make limoncello | Tesco Living

Make a batch of this after-dinner liqueur using our easy step-by-step recipe. It’s the perfect edible gift to make for friends and family this Christmas.

You will need

  • 200g (7oz) caster sugar
  • 150ml (1/4 pint) water
  • 5 lemons
  • 600ml (1pt) vodka
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Sieve
  • Funnel
  • 1L bottle
  • Gift tags and ribbon for decoration

All ingredients and baking supplies can be bought from Tesco grocery and Tesco Direct.

Limoncello ingredients | How to make limoncello | Tesco Living

Step 1

Make a sugar syrup base and put the caster sugar and the water in a heavy-based pan and then bring to the boil. Shake the pan to mix – do not stir. Keep the mixture at a rolling boil for 2-3 minutes until a syrup forms. Remove from the heat and cool for 5 minutes.

Sugar syrup being made | How to make limoncello | Tesco Living

Step 2

Prepare the lemons by peeling 5 lemons using a potato peeler into long strips. Squeeze the juice from each lemon into the jug.

Lemons being peeled | How to make limoncello | Tesco Living

Step 3

Add the lemon juice and the skin to the cooled syrup and mix well. Add the vodka and mix again. Allow the mixture to completely cool, and give it an occasional stir.

Lemon peel and vodka being mixed | How to make limoncello | Tesco Living

Step 4

Once the mix is completely cool, strain it into a large jug so that the peel and pips are caught in the sieve. Poke all the peel into the bottle and then pour the lemon vodka into the bottle using a funnel.

Lemon peel being sieved from vodka | How to make limoncello | Tesco Living

Step 5

Close the bottle and, if giving as a gift, decorate with a personalised tag and ribbons.

Limoncello in a bottle decorated with ribbons | How to make limoncello | Tesco Living

Calories 119 (6%), sugar 10.6g (12%), fat 0g (0%), saturates 0g (0%), salt 0.003g (0%), makes 20 based on 50ml servings.

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