A large bottle with a few shot glasses of limoncello.

Crema di Limoncello

There is nothing better than having a wonderful meal with family and friends and ending it with this rich, luscious Crema di Limoncello di Vittoria. Cheers!
Course Beverage
Cuisine Italian
Keyword creamy limoncello, crema di limoncello, how to make creamy limoncello, limoncello recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 65 servings
Calories 65kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD


  • 4 lemons peel only
  • 500 mL pure grain alcohol 94% or higher
  • 1 Liter milk (Grand Pré 2% UHT milk)
  • 600 grams granulated sugar scant 3 cups
  • 1 vanilla bean


  • Thoroughly wash the lemons (preferably organic).
  • With the use of a vegetable or potato peeler, remove lemon peel (avoid the white pith as this will make your limoncello bitter).
  • Place lemon peel in a mason jar (or other container with a tight-fitting lid).
  • Add alcohol, close tightly, and let steep for at least 6 days or up to 40 days in a cool dark place. Swirl contents of jar twice a day.
  • Remove lemon zest (should be a pale color- the alcohol on the other hand should be a bright yellow).
  • Strain with a cheesecloth in a clean bottle.
  • In a large saucepan, over medium- low heat, warm the milk, sugar and vanilla bean.
  • Whisk frequently until the sugar is dissolved. 
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature before adding to alcohol.
  • Strain (with the help of a cheesecloth) in decanter with alcohol.
  • Refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.


The longer the period of infusion, the better the final product will be. Minimally, infusion should be at least 6 days. 
I like to use UHT 2% milk.
Can be refrigerated for up to 1 month or frozen for up to 6 months. Allow sufficient head space of a few inches for the Limoncello to expand.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 


Serving: 30mL | Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 30mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.1mg