This crema di limoncello recipe is perfect for summer entertaining and for gift giving. This is a sponsored post.

Crema di Limoncello Recipe

Summer is for crema di limoncello, in my opinion. Many Americans are no doubt familiar with limoncello, the powerful, lemony “digestive” drink from the Campania region of Italy. Sorrento is well known for it’s lemon production, and sampling limoncello is something that visitors enjoy doing. My preference is for crema di limoncello, a slightly sweeter and creamier version of the drink. Served ice cold in a shot glass, this drink is perfect after a meal on hot summer nights.

Crema di Limoncello Recipe

I created my own labels because this drink is perfect for gift giving! Make several crema di limoncello recipe batches at a time so you can have multiple bottles ready for summer guests or to gift as hostess presents. I used printable wine labels from to make sure my stickers look professional and won’t peel off.

limoncello recipe

To start the recipe, you must make limoncello. It’s surprisingly simple: you just need vodka and lemons!

  • Peel the skin off the lemon, and try not to get too much of the white pith, which is bitter.
  • Place the skin of 4 lemons in a jar, and pour two cups of vodka over this.
  • Put a lid on the jar and set it in a cool, dark place for 30 days.

lemon liquor recipe

After 30 days, the vodka will be infused with the lemon flavor and have a deep yellow color. In part two of this crema di limoncello recipe we will make the cream. For the crema you will need heavy cream, milk, sugar, and a vanilla bean.

  • Pour one cup of cream and one cup of milk into a saucepan.
  • Add one cup of sugar.
  • Slice the vanilla pod and extract the beans. Add them to the pan.
  • Cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Let it cool completely.
  • Use a strainer to add the limoncello to a glass bottle. Use the strainer again to add the cream mixture to the bottle. Place the top on the bottle.
  • Refrigerate or freeze the bottle.

limoncello labels

Use my free image above with printable wine labels (OL465WX found HERE).

limoncello label

Peel and stick the labels to the front of the bottle. They would also look great on tags and gift bags!

Crema di Limoncello Recipe

I embellished the bottles a bit with some glitter tape and green ribbon. You can place the bottle in the freezer before guests come over so the drink will be icy cold when served.

Crema di Limoncello Recipe

For a fun twist, rim the edge of your shot glass with my lemon-mint sugar recipe. This will add a little zing to each shot. Enjoy your refreshingly cool crema di limoncello shot!


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