Sunkist Meyer Lemon Limoncello Recipe

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Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur typically served very cold as an after dinner drink. Traditional recipes involve soaking the lemon peels in grain alcohol for 4 to 6 months to extract lemon flavor into the alcohol. This simplified recipe for Sunkist Meyer Lemon Limoncello calls for soaking Meyer lemon peels in vodka for 14-21 days. It is very important to use only the yellow peel of the lemon and not the white pith, which is quite bitter. At the end of two to three weeks, the lemon-alcohol mixture is blended with simple syrup, made by dissolving equal parts sugar in water. Commercially available Limoncello is 32 to 40% alcohol by volume. This recipe creates a final product that is 23% alcohol by volume, which is still quite strong but very pleasant to sip.


  • 8 Sunkist® meyer lemons, peel only
  • 4 cups Vodka (80 proof, 40% alcohol by volume)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar

Instructions: (Makes 28 servings)

  • Wash the lemons, and then use a vegetable peeler to cut long strips of lemon peel, working from the tip to the base. Use a paring knife to gently scrape off any white pith attached to the yellow peel.
  • In 48-ounce or larger glass container, combine the strips of lemon peel with the vodka. Cover and set in a kitchen cabinet or dark closet to steep for 14-21 days. The longer you let it steep the more intense the color and flavor will become.
  • Remove the lemon peels from the vodka.
  • Prepare the simple syrup by combining the sugar and water in a small saucepan over high heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and the water begins to boil. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  • Combine the simple syrup with the lemon-infused vodka and chill. The limoncello is best served ice cold. You can place the limoncello in the freezer for an hour before serving to make sure it is properly chilled.

Nutrition Information (per serving):

calories: 129, total fat: 0g, saturated fat: 0g, % calories from fat: 0%, % calories from saturated fat: 0%, protein: 0g, carbohydrate: 14g, cholesterol: 0mg, dietary fiber: 0g, sodium: 1mg