Limoncello: Homemade Holiday Gift

As the summer is winding down, the last thing most of us are thinking about is the holiday season, right? It’s still hot outside, so why would we? While you may not want to be out and about shopping for those on your list, now is a good time to think about making a homemade gift for those special people on your shopping list. And Limoncello is a great homemade gift.

10 Lemons
1 Liter Vodka
3 Cups sugar
4 Cups water


  1. Zest the lemons, and place zest into a large glass bottle or jar. Pour in vodka. Cover loosely and let infuse for one week at room temperature.
  2. After one week, combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. DO NOT STIR. Boil for 15 minutes. Allow syrup to cool to room temperature.
  3. Stir vodka mixture into syrup. Strain into glass bottles, and seal each bottle with a cork. Let mixture age for 40 days at room temperature preferably in a dark spot.
  4. Place bottled liqueur into the freezer. When icy cold, serve in chilled vodka glasses or shot glasses.


You can buy fancy bottles for your Limoncello to impress your gift recipients. Limoncello is a terrific gift not only because it is made by you, but makes for a pretty presentation and is a unique gift that your friends and family probably wouldn’t purchase on their own.