2-Hour Sous Vide Limoncello

Anova Culinary

Limoncello (pronounced lee-mohn-CHEH-loh), a beautifully sweet Italian digestif, is easy and so inexpensive to produce. This sous vide version takes just 2 hours instead of the 6 to 8 weeks it normally takes to make this delicious beverage!



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Prep Time: 00:15

Recipe Time: 02:00

Temperature : 135F / 57.2C



  1. Set the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker to 135ºF (57ºC).
  2. Thoroughly wash lemons in hot water to remove wax and pat dry.
  3. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest in strips from the lemons, taking care to avoid any of the white pith. Save lemons for future use.
  4. Place zest strips in a large zipper lock bag with the vodka. Seal the bag using the water immersion technique and place the bag in the water bath. Set the timer for 2 hours.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the syrup: Heat water and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir to dissolve sugar. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

Finishing Steps

  1. When the timer goes off, remove the bag from the water bath. Strain the entire contents of the bag through a fine mesh strainer set over a large pitcher or bowl. Stir in the syrup.
  2. Transfer lemoncello to clean bottles with tight-fitting lids. Chill before serving in small glasses.