Organic Limoncello recipes

Limoncello recipes from Harris Organic pure alcohol. Limoncello or Lemoncello has become very popular now that Everclear organic alcohol is available in Australia.

When I was searching for zesty Limoncello recipes, I was using the wrong spelling, like, lemon cello and lemoncello. The real spelling is limoncello as it is of Italian origin.

What is Limoncello?

What is limoncello, you may ask? Limoncello is an Italian sweet liqueur made from the rind of lemons. There are several different recipes, see below, depending on what alcohol you use to extract the lemon skin oil from the rind.

What lemons to use?

What lemons to use. Myer and Eureka lemons are readily available in Australia, the sweeter the lemon, we believe will give you the best limoncello. Choose thick-skinned lemons that have a bright yellow colour – we’ve learnt that homegrown knobbly looking ones make the best limoncello. 

Ideally, use homegrown lemons. Go for a walk around your suburb to find a lemon tree or three, you may make new friends too with your new organic limoncello recipes with Harris Organic alcohol.

pure alcohol for limoncello
pure alcohol for limoncello

What is Pure Alcohol

Pure alcohol is ethyl alcohol (ethanol) which has been distilled to make the highest alcoholic content possible. Therefore the pure alcohol has to be 190 proof or 95% alcohol by volume or higher.  Pure alcohol is ideal for making limoncello.

Pure Alcohol for limoncello recipe

You can use two strengths of pure alcohol for limoncello. For the best results use high proof alcohol, like 95% organic Everclear or organic vodka at 40% alcohol.

What is the best vodka for making limoncello?

Vodka is generally pure alcohol with water added. Therefore normal shop-bought vodka may not be the best vodka for making limoncello as it is normally 37% or 75 proof. Some recipes call for 100 proof alcohol and others call for the highest proof possible, which is 190 proof or 95%.

The action of the alcohol is to leach out the oil in the skins of the lemons. Therefore, the higher the percentage of alcohol the more extraction you can obtain. Use the highest proof you can find.

How to drink Limoncello

Do you drink limoncello straight?

Limoncello can be served straight up, on the rocks, or as an ingredient in a mixed drink such as the Zesty Spritz, a lemon and gin cocktail recipe. You can also experiment with adding limoncello in place of other sweeteners or liqueurs for a lemon-flavoured variation on your favourite cocktail recipes.

Best Recipe for Limoncello

Ingredients for Limoncello Liqueur

Best Limoncello recipe with Everclear

The best limoncello recipe will make about 2.4 L of Limoncello using Australian Everclear. This makes a better Limoncello than using Australian organic vodka. The method of making organic limoncello can be found below.

  • 5 organic lemons
  • 500 mL Everclear 95% organic alcohol
  • 200 g granulated sugar
  • 6 cups 1900 mL rain, drinking or bottled water


  • 2 organic lemons or lemons from your tree
  • 200 mL Everclear 95% alcohol
  • 120 g granulated sugar
  • 3 cups or 750 mL rain, drinking or bottled water

Limoncello Recipe with Organic Vodka

This limoncello recipe will make about 1.5 L of Limoncello using organic vodka. The resultant liqueur should finish with about 20% alcohol in the end product. That will mean that it will be stable and not go off, whether you have it in the cupboard or in the fridge.

  • 4 organic lemons
  • 750mL 100-proof vodka – 50% organic alcohol
  • 125g granulated sugar
  • 3 cups or 750 mL of filtered or bottled water

Directions to make Limoncello

  1. Peel or zest the lemons, taking care to just zest the outermost yellow peel and none of the white pith inside. If necessary, carefully cut off any residual pith with a small pairing knife.
  2. Place lemons in a large glass 2L jar or other glass containers that can be sealed airtight. Cover with the Everclear or 50% alcohol vodka. Then, secure the lid and place it in a cool, dark location for at least 1 week and up to 4 weeks.
  3. When liquor is yellow in colour and the peel begins to turn white and easily snaps into two pieces when bent, the limoncello soaking process is finished. The longer it steeps the stronger the lemon flavour of the lemon liquor will be.
  4. Strain limoncello into a clean glass jar, discarding lemon peels. If desired, strain the lemon liquor again through a fine-mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter with a little of the ingredient water. This will remove even more residual solids and result in a smoother final product.
  5. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan set over medium heat. All you need to do is dissolve the sugar. Bring the water temperature up to 50C, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool, then pour into a jar with lemon liquor. Secure the lid and return to your cool, dark location to mellow, for at least 2 weeks or more. The longer you let it mellow, the better your final limoncello will be.
  7. Once the limoncello has mellowed, use a funnel to divide limoncello among some small glass bottles to give to friends. Chill in the freezer for at least 4 hours before serving.
How to make Limoncello

Limoncello alcohol content

As mentioned above, in the recipes the limoncello alcohol content should end up being about 20% alcohol. This is enough to preserve and stabilise the limoncello without keeping it in the refrigerator permanently.

Lemonade with the juice

All the lemon juice can be used in a number of recipes. Therefore, you can try making lemon curd or a batch of lemonade, or freeze the juice for later.

Where to buy pure alcohol for limoncello

Where to buy pure alcohol for limoncello is a common question from Australian makers of limoncello. Harris Organic pure alcohol is available from their online store in 200 mL and 500 ml bottles. Delivery is available within Australia.

Where to buy limoncello

There are several places where to buy limoncello if you are unable to make your own.

Try Don Giovanni Limoncello Liqueur or Ambra Limoncello. Both are available in Australia.