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Limoncino - Ligurian Lemon Liqueur

This recipe has come from Wish You Were Here culinary and adventure tours who organise cooking holidays and tours in Italy, France and the USA.

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"This makes a delicious dessert. Simply drizzle the liqueur over lemon gelato or lemon sorbet in a martini glass. Top with lemon zest and serve."


1 1/4 pounds organically grown lemons
1 quart pure grain alcohol
1 quart water
1 1/2 cups liquid sugar (or half water and half sugar boiled to a syrup)


  • Remove the yellow peel of the lemon (making sure to avoid the pith or white part) by using a vegetable peeler or knife.
  • Place the peel and the alcohol in a hermetically sealed jar in the dark for 1 week.
  • After one week, prepare the simple syrup by adding the liquid sugar to boiling water. Stir the mixture until the sugar has dissolved. Let the syrup cool.
  • Remove the lemon peels from the alcohol and discard.
  • Mix the simple syrup and the alcohol together.
  • Bottle the mixture, seal well and let rest for at least a month before drinking.

Makes 1 bottle

Contributed by Wish You Were Here Tours. Offering small group tours on the Italian Riviera, Tuscany, Provence, and San Antonio Texas.