Santa Cruz Meyer Lemon Limoncello


15 Meyer Lemons, Organic
2 Bottles of Everclear Grain Alcohol, 750ml each
6 1/3 Cups of Water
2 1/3 Pounds of Fine Granulated White Sugar = 4 cups plus 2/3 cup
Two large storage containers or glass jars. I used glass Patron Tequila bottles, 1.75 liters with corks. I had saved them for flowers! Perfect size for this recipe.
Stock / Soup Pot: big enough for alcohol and sugar water
Large, Hand Held Mesh Strainer


Step One: peel lemons carefully with a vegetable peeler into long strips. Do not peel into the white "pith" of the lemon.
Place the strips of lemon peel into your storage containers, distributing them evenly.
Pour the Everclear over the lemon peels and cover tightly to macerate for two weeks.
Store away from direct sunlight, preferably in a cool basement, garage or cellar.
Let it rest undisturbed for two weeks!
Step Two: Heat the water and add the sugar, stirring until it's all dissolved. Let cool for about an hour.
Strain the liquor, removing the lemon peels, into the sugar water pot. Discard lemon peels.
Decide if you want to re-use the same storage containers or bottles for your final month of rest.
I put the strained liquor/ sugar water back into the Patron bottles and corked them again for one month.
After the long month, the LIMONCELLO is ready!! You will see the lovely pale yellow color and taste a delicious lemon infused liquor.
It's best stored in the freezer and drank cold. Remember, this is a very potent liquor! Drink a shot after dinner as a digestif or outside on a hot Summer evening. Enjoy!


Mark Miltimore's picture

Hi Gina,

I've wanted to make Limoncello for some time and your recipe looks perfect. Interestingly, I had a friend in High School with the same name as you. Could it be?

Anyhow, great recipe, thank you for sharing.


Gina Marie Barone's picture

Well, hello! Yes, It is me! Funny how life happens sometimes. I hope you are well and happy. Good luck with the recipe it is delicious.
Cheers! Gina


I tried making Limoncello with Meyer Lemons and it turned out great! This recipe takes 6 weeks to complete. Plan accordingly for holiday gifts or just store it in the freezer and enjoy it all year long. Find organic Meyer Lemons at your local farmers market or favorite health food store.

Other Names:

Limoncello, Digestif, Lemon Infused Liquor


Approximately four 750ml Bottles


Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 3:38pm

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