Fulvia’s Italian Limoncello Recipe

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Fulvia’s Italian Limoncello – This version of Italian Limoncello was shared with me by Fulvia Guyger of Prineville, OR.  Fulvia is originally from Italy and runs a wonderful bed and breakfast called the Bellavista Bed & Breakfast near Prineville.  She also makes this wonderful version of Limoncello, plus she is a great Italian cook.

This Italian lemon drink is wonderful as a palate cleanser or as an after-dinner drink.  It is always served well chilled in the summer months.  Store your bottles of Limoncello in the freezer until ready to serve.

Bellavista Bed & Breakfast
Ben and Fulvia Guyger

5070 S.E. Paulina Highway
Prineville, OR 97754

telephone: 1-541-416-2400
emaill: [email protected]


Fulvia's Italian Limoncello


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Fulvia’s Italian Limoncello Recipe:

Fulvia's Italian Limoncello Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 3 to 4 (750 ml) bottles


7 to 8 cups water
8 to 9 medium to large lemons
4 cups granulated sugar
2 (750 ml) bottles 100-proof vodka



Bring the water to a boil; set aside and let cool before using.

Wash the lemons with a vegetable brush and hot water to remove any reside of pesticides or wax; pat the lemons dry.  Using a vegetable peeler, take all the lemon rind/zest off of the lemons.  NOTE: Use only the outer part of the rind.  The pith, the white part underneath the rind, is too bitter and would spoil your limoncello.  Learn how to zest a lemon.

Place the rind/zest peelings in a large glass or ceramic container that is large enough to hold all the ingredients.  Add the cooled water, sugar, and alcohol; stir to combine.  Cover the container and set aside for 4 days (stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 times daily, for 3 days).

On the 4th day, taste the limoncello. If you think the taste is too strong, you can add additional water.  NOTE: First boil the water and then let it cool.  Then add the cooled water to the limoncello.

You are now ready to bottle.  To bottle the limoncello, use sterilized bottles only.  Strain the rind/zest from alcohol by placing some cheesecloth on a funnel to make sure that no rind/zest gets into the limoncello.  Discard the lemon rind/zest.

Store your bottles of Limoncello in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to serve.

Makes enough for approximately 3 to 4 (750 ml) bottles.



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2 Responses to “Fulvia’s Italian Limoncello Recipe”

  1. John nicolai

    Why did lemoncello mixture go from very clear to very cloudy after adding simple syrup?

    • Linda Stradley

      Properly made Simple Syrup, when prepared properly, is clear or a translucent liquid. It sounds like you did not make it properly. Check out my recipe for Simple Syrup: Simple Syrup Recipe


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