Limoncello Gelee

Back in April, I made limoncello as part of my 28 Recipes before my 28th Birthday. Of course, after making the limoncello I realized I had absolutely no idea what in the world I could do with it.

Then right before the holidays I was looking around on Pinterest and I found a few recipes that used limoncello and I immediately knew I had to add something to the Christmas menu so I could finally use up some of the limoncello!

While I printed out about 5 recipes and I have one planned to make this weekend, I opted for these gelees for Christmas because they’re something I’ve never made before. Plus saying that you’re serving alcoholic jello for Christmas is kinda cool.

Limoncello Gelee
Source: Slim Paley via Martha Stewart Living, May 2008
Servings: 10-12
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    • 1 tbsp. + 1/4 tsp. unflavored gelatin
    • 3 tbsp. cold water
    • 3/4 cup limoncello
    • 3/4 cup Prosecco
    • 1/2 cup sparkling water
    • 1/2 cup sugar


    • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
    • 3 tbsp. sugar
    • fresh mint sprigs

1. Add water to a small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over the water and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
2. In a small saucepan, combine limoncello, Prosecco, sparkling water and sugar over medium heat. Stir with a whisk until the sugar dissolves, then add the gelatin into the saucepan and whisk until the gelatin dissolves.
3. Pour the mixture into a 8×8 baking dish, cover and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes but preferably overnight.
4. Cut into 10-12 squares. Add sugar to a small dish. Place a lemon slice in the sugar and toss to coat. Place the lemon slice on top of the gelee and then add a small mint leaf for garnish.

Knowing my family is not a fan of the tart instead of sweet desserts, I opted to increase the amount of sugar from 1/4 to 1/2 of a cup. The gelees were still just mildly sweet and sucking on the sugar coated lemon after each bite of the gelee helped to even out the tartness. 

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  1. Thanks – These look great for New Years- I love limoncello.

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