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How to Make Crema Di Limoncino at Home

Updated on August 29, 2011

Crema di Limoncino (also referred to as Crema di Limoncello) is a sweet, creamy, lemon flavored after dinner drink. It may also be served as a welcoming drink or for a toast in celebration. It is often served cold in a small shot glass. It is very similar to Limoncello, but with the added ingredient of milk for the creaminess.


  • 750 ml Everclear 151 Grain Alcohol (1 bottle)
  • 5 Lemons (medium to large size)
  • 9 1/2 cups Whole Milk
  • 4 1/4 lbs Sugar
  • 1/2 t Vanilla Powder (such as Paneangeli Vanillina)


Day 1 Instructions

  1. Wash lemons well.
  2. Peel lemons with a peeler and place rinds into a large seal-able container. Ensure to only peel the yellow part, not the whites.
  3. Pour bottle of Everclear into the large container and seal it.
  4. Store in a dark place such as a closet for 1 week.

Day 2 Instructions

  1. Place milk, sugar, and vanilla powder in large stock pot.
  2. Simmer for 30 minutes ensuring all sugar dissolves.
  3. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  4. Strain lemons from alcohol and add to cream mixture.
  5. Store in seal-able bottles/containers in the refrigerator or freezer.

*May store up to 6 months.


There are several different ways to make this drink and I encourage experimentation to find your preferred taste. Some variations include:

  • Alcohol Type - try any clear alcohol. Vodka works well.
  • Sugar - adjust sugar to desired sweetness.
  • Milk - try variations in milk fat and quantity based on desired creaminess.
  • Fruit - try using other fruit such as oranges, grapefruit, or strawberries;


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    • couturepopcafe profile image

      couturepopcafe 6 years ago

      I've added this link to my 'Stocking the Italian Kitchen' hub. Nice recipe. Can't wait to try it sans the alcohol!

    • moiragallaga profile image

      Moira Garcia Gallaga 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      The limoncello is a wonderful after-dinner drink. This Crema de Limoncino looks to be just as interesting, I should try this out. Thanks for sharing this Matt Stark.