• 1L pure grain alcohol, or vodka
  • Approximately 10 lemons (2 cups of lemon skin)
  • 600g white sugar
  • 1L water

1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the skin off the lemons, ensuring you get as little white pith as possible


2. Either add the peel into the bottle of alcohol (you will need to pour some alcohol out), or put the peels in a glass bowl and pour the alcohol over the peels

3. Screw the lid on tight, or cover the bowl in cling-wrap, and leave the limoncello to rest for around 4 weeks in a cool dark place


4. After four weeks, add the sugar and water to a saucepan


5. Bring to the boil and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Turn off the heat and allow the syrup to cool completely


6. Strain the peel from the alcohol, then mix the alcohol with the sugar syrup. Pour into a plastic bottle, with some free space at the top. Store the alcohol in the freezer; the taste will continue to develop over time and will be deliciously cold and refreshing to have! 


What's the story?

Nutritional information (per 30mL shot) 

  • Energy: 219kJ
  • Protein: 0g
  • Fat: 0g (Saturated fat 0g)
  • Carbohydrates: 7.0g (Sugars 7.0g)
  • Sodium: 1mg

A word from the dietitian... 

Alcohol is often the silent jeopardizer when it comes to weight loss. Gram for gram, it has nearly the same kilojoules (29kJ) than alcohol (37kJ)- double that of carbohydrates and protein (16 & 17kJ). One standard alcoholic drink has 10g of alcohol, so already has 290kJ from the alcohol alone! Add in the extra sugars, plus the fact that drinks today are usually more than one standard drink, and it’ll take many songs to dance that vodka or beer off!