What Is Limoncello and How Is it Made?

Great Limoncello Cocktails, and Directions for Making Your Own

Bottles of limoncello. Sorrento, Campania, Italy, Europe
Bottles of limoncello. Sorrento, Campania, Italy, Europe. Russell Mountford / Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images

Limoncello liqueur is made by soaking lemon zests in neutral grain alcohol for a month or more. The result is a thick, sweet dessert cordial with an intense lemon-flavor. It is best stored in the freezer and also makes a delicious topping for ice cream. It is possible to make your own limoncello -- it just takes a lot of time and patience. Here's a great DIY recipe that makes a lovely gift:

Cocktails with Limoncello

Limoncello Dessert Recipes

Popular Brands of Limoncello

  • Averna Lemoncello
  • Caravella Lemoncella
  • Franciacorta Lemoncello
  • Giori Lemoncello
  • Limonce Limoncello
  • Luxardo Limoncello
  • Pallini Lemoncello
  • Rossi d'Asiago Lemoncello