How to make a lemon tincture, called also limoncello


The lemon tincture resembles the Italian limoncello, or lemon liqueur. It has a refreshing taste and is perfect for summer days. Lemon tincture does not require long maturation like other tinctures. It is enough for it to wait a few days and after a week it is delicious.

Basic recipe for lemon tincture requires 8-10 large lemons, 1 cup of water, 1 full cup of sugar (250 g), 2 glasses of 95% spirit and 1 glass of good vodka. Peel all the lemons, put the peeled yellow skins in the spirit in an Airtight Glass Jar (here example on Amazon), close it tightly and set aside for 24 hours.

Squeeze the juice from the lemons and mix with sugar syrup (sugar dissolved in water from the recipe). After 24 hours drain the macerated peels and pour the lemon spirit into the syrup with lemon juice. Set aside in a dark and cool place for a few days. Actually, after 2-3 days you can drink the tincture, but it will gain in taste significantly when it stands for a week.

Lemon tinctures

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Lemon tincture uses

Lemon tincture is considered a prophylactic and healing natural remedy, used, inter alia, in with avitaminosis and hardening of the arteries. 

The compounds contained in citrus help minimize the metabolic effects of a fatty diet, which is conducive to the development of many diseases, including cardiovascular diseases. 

Lemon stimulates the secretion of digestive enzymes and digestive processes, accelerating the body’s self-cleaning. Although it is acidic because its pH is about 2-2.5, it does not acidify the body. On the contrary, because the minerals contained in it help to maintain the acid-base balance of the body. 

Although the content of vitamin C is not as high as it seems, because it is 50 mg of vitamin C in 100 g, its consumption strengthens immunity and alleviates the course of viral and bacterial infections.

Lemon tincture benefits

Lemon tincture is considered a natural and effective remedy for colds, malaise and indigestion. It also works great as a warming agent during the cool months of fall and winter. 

Moreover, it has good cleansing properties and is a very good addition to heavy meals.

Its healing properties are determined, among others, by flavonoids, showing antioxidant properties and combating excess free radicals, which are conducive to the emergence of many diseases, including atherosclerosis and cancer. Lemon can aid in the treatment of asthma, rheumatic diseases and kidney stones. In addition, it has valuable antiseptic properties, which is why when applied directly to the skin, it accelerates healing, helps fight acne, discoloration and blackheads, and also whitens and softens the skin.

Lemon tincture dosage

Most often, it is recommended that lemon tincture be used about 2-3 times a day, you can take 2-3 tablespoons of tincture at once. It is recommended especially in feverish conditions and with symptoms of colds, bronchial insufficiency, as well as angina and flu.

Lemon tincture recipe

According to another recipe to prepare lemon tincture, we use:

  • 3 lemons,
  • a glass of sugar,
  • 2 glasses of boiled water,
  • 2 glasses l of 70% spirit.

Carefully clean the lemons with a brush, preferably under running water. After drying them with a paper towel, peel them thinly. The skin should be yellow, without a white film, which can give the tincture a bitter taste.
Then, cut the lemons into halves and squeeze the juice from them, which together with sugar and water prepare a syrup.

Place the whole thing in a jar and add the previously peeled, thin and yellow skin, then pour the spirit over it. Shake the jar after closing it and leave it aside for at least 2 weeks.

After this time, strain the tincture through gauze or filter paper, then pour it into bottles and put it aside in a cool place. It can be used after 2-3 days but remember, the longer it stands, the better it is.

Lemon tincture contraindications 

Lemon tincture can have negative side effects for people who have stomach problems.

People with sensitive teeth should also use it with caution. In such cases lemon tincture juice should be drunk through a straw to avoid damaging the enamel.

What type of alcohol is used for lemon tincture?

Most spirits used for drinking will work, but vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume work best. 

How long does lemon tincture last?

When stored in a cool, dry place, lemon tincture lasts at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, it will last longer because the light will not damage it. If your area is humid or hot several months out of the year, try storing it in the refrigerator during the hot and humid season.

Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home

I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.  

recommended tincture equipment
Tincture equipment examples
  1. Airtight jars.
  2. Mortar for herbs – granite.
  3. Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
  4. Funnels for filling bottles.
  5. Large bottles, dark glass.
  6. Medium bottles, dark glass.
  7. Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
  8. Cloth for tincture filtering.
  9. Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
  10. Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
  11. Tincture press for better extraction.

    Here you can also find a more detailed post with list of equipment that might be useful.

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Other names of lemon

If you would like to check more info about the lemon here you can find webmd.com article about it

Lemon and active substances that it contains are also known under such names: Bioflavonoid Complex, Bioflavonoid Concentrate, Bioflavonoid Extract, Bioflavonoïde de Citron, Bioflavonoïdes, Bioflavonoïdes de Citron, Bioflavonoids, Citrin, Citron, Citronnade, Citrus, Citrus Bioflavones, Citrus Bioflavonoid, Citrus Bioflavonoid Complex, Citrus Bioflavonoid Extract, Citrus Bioflavonoids, Citrus Extract, Citrus Flavones, Citrus Flavonoids, Citrus limon, Citrus limonum, Citrus Medica Limonum, Citrus Peel Extract, Citrus Seed Extract, Complexe de Bioflavonoïdes, Complexe de Bioflavonoïdes de Citron, Concentré de Bioflavonoïdes, Eriodictiol, Eriodictyol, Eriodictyol Glycoside, Extrait de Bioflavonoïdes, Extrait de Bioflavonoïdes de Citron, Extrait de Pépins de Citron, Flavonoids, Flavonoïdes, Flavonoïdes de Citron, Jus de Citron, Lemon Bioflavonoid, Lemon Bioflavonoid Complex, Lemon Bioflavonoid Extract, Lemon Bioflavonoids, Lemon Juice, Lemon Oil, Lemon Peel, Lemon Rind, Lemonade, Limón, Limonade, Nimbaka, Nimbuka, Zeste de Citron.

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