Homemade Gluten Free Limoncello Recipe (Lemon Liqueur or Orange)

Limoncello is a lemon liqueur. There are many brands of gluten free limoncello,  However, when you only need a little bit for a recipe, why waste the money when you can make your own? Here is an easy recipe that just takes a few days to ferment.

You can use this gluten free limoncello recipe in a Gluten Free Limoncello Cake Recipe.

This recipe is available to everyone.

Homemade Gluten Free Limoncello Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 105 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: Makes about 3-1/2 cups

Homemade Gluten Free Limoncello Recipe

You can easily make homemade gluten free limoncello for a fraction of the cost compared to commercial brands and it is so flavorful!


  • 10 fresh lemons (or 5 oranges)
  • 1-1/2 cups gluten free vodka
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 1-3/4 cups granulated sugar


  1. Peel off the bright yellow (or orange) skin from the lemons/oranges. (I use a vegetable peeler.) Place in a bowl or other container, which will be filled with vodka soon; set aside. Remove the pith (light yellow portion) from the lemons/oranges and discard. Save the fruit from the lemons/oranges for future uses like making lemonade or orange juice.
  2. Pour the vodka over the lemon peels and cover with plastic wrap or a lid cocked slightly open. Allow the two to soak for 4 - 5 days. Do not refrigerate.
  3. Make the simple syrup by adding the water and sugar to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally, until the sugar melts, 4 - 6 minutes. You can simmer it a little longer if you wish to allow some of the water to evaporate, which makes a little more of a syrupy texture.
  4. Pour the simple syrup into the vodka mixture and combine. Cover and allow the mixture to settle at least 8 hours or overnight.
  5. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the limoncello into another bowl. You can just discard the bottom sediment. Also, discard the lemon peels. Pour the limoncello into a glass bottle and seal. Refrigerate until ready to use, up to a month or two.

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