Basil Liqueur

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Makes about

    2.25 litres

Appears in

Limoncello and Linen Water

Limoncello and Linen Water

By Tessa Kiros

Published 2012

  • About

Marisa passed this recipe on to me and it was given to her by a contadina who makes up many concoctions of her own. I love the way she uses a pot, even though if doesn’t need any cooking, it’s a great way to use up 80 leaves of basil when the plant is rolling out its leaves in abundance.


  • 1 litre (35 fl oz/4 cups) pure alcohol (most are between 96-98%)
  • 1 litre (35 fl oz/4 cups) water
  • 80 basil leaves
  • rind of 4 lemons, yellow part only
  • 800 g (1 lb 12 oz/3⅔ cup) sugar


Put everything in a pot or wide-necked carafe and cover. Leave for 1 week to 10 days, stirring it each day with a wooden spoon or giving the carafe a shake. Filter with muslin or a fine strainer into clear bottles. Use the bottle the alcohol came in if it’s nice. It is ready to drink immediately. Serve it well chilled after a meal.