Instant Pot Limoncello

This Italian lemon based alcoholic drink is perfect for every summer party and its fresh flavor will immediately take you to a sunny beach! The traditional process to make it is very long, but you can speed it up using a pressure cooker to have a drink anytime you want with zero effort! But pay close attention: heating alcohol at high pressure is not 100% safe, since the alcoholic vapor can ignite both inside and out the Instant Pot, so that it may be dangerous!

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Instant Pot Limoncello

Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Keyword lemons, Limoncello, Vodka
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 1769 kcal


  • 4 organic lemons
  • 2 ½ cups vodka
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 1 ½ cup suger
  • 2 mason jars


  1. Peel your lemons taking just the yellow part, not the white one, which is bitter.

  2. Place 2 peels into each jar.

  3. Pour Vodka into the jars (they shall be ¾ filled).

  4. Close the jars with their lids.

  5. Pour 1 cup water into your Instant Pot, then place the steamer rack inside.

  6. Place your jars onto the streamer rack.

  7. Cook at high pressure for 30 minutes.

  8. In the meantime, heat water in a saucepan and slowly add sugar while stirring, to obtain a syrup.

  9. Let the steam release naturally for as long as it takes (don’t speed up this part of the process for safety reasons).

  10. Let your jars cool at room temperature.

  11. Open the jars and remove lemon peels.

  12. Pour your sugar syrup into the jars.

  13. Keep your limoncello in the fridge and serve cool.

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