Nina's Lemoncello bottled and ready to drink

I used to make Lemoncello years ago, but I lost my original recipe! Just the other day I was at Rouses Market, and I picked up their free Rouses Magazine. There was the recipe! Now, we can all enjoy this wonderful Italian drink! Thank you, Rouses!

The ingredients, bottles, ribbon & labels needed for Nina's Lemoncello gifts


10 lemons
1 750 ml. bottle of Absolut vodka
4 cups sugar
4 cups water
6 to 8 pretty bottles

Nina's Tip
Nina tip: Buy soft lemons. They’re sweeter and juicer!


Wash the lemons and bottles. Cut 10 lemons in half and place them in a large glass bowl. Place the lemon halves in the microwave for 8 minutes. This will help the juice come out of the lemon. Strain the lemon juice into another bowl. I use a very fine flour sifter or you can use a coffee strainer. Now, take the lemon halves and squeeze all remaining liquid. Then strain. You need to strain the lemon juice several times to completely remove the pulp and the seeds. You want 3 cups of very clear lemon juice.

The ingredients and accessories needed to make Nina's Lemoncello

In a deep pot, combine the water and sugar. Bring to a boil uncovered for 10 minutes. Add the lemon juice and boil for 10 minutes uncovered. Let completely cool for one hour. Then add Absolut vodka.

With a funnel, pour the liquid mixture into bottles and place a pretty ribbon and a label on the bottle. I purchase my bottles and ribbon at Hobby Lobby or Dollar Tree. Then, refrigerate for 2 weeks up to 6 months. The longer you keep it cool the better the flavor will be.

Nina's Lemoncello ready to give as gifts

This makes a wonderful homemade gift anytime of the year, but think ahead for the Holidays! People will love it!