21 comments


  • Judy

    Hey, I just collected my black walnuts on June 22 and started 3 batches of Nocino. I have never made this before so I’m really excited about doing this. I picked the walnuts off the trees myself. It was so much fun. I was really surprised at the lemony smell they gave off. I will tell you though that my walnuts did not look like the ones you have in the picture. The picture walnuts look smoother and the ones I picked had a rougher exterior. Should I have waited another week to pick the black walnuts?

    July 04, 2013
    • Hi Judy,

      Your walnuts should be just fine. There are different varieties of walnuts, so they can look a bit different. Also, the walnuts pictured in my recipe were picked a bit later by the grower. A couple of them were picked a little too late, because it was too difficult to cut them open. Your nocino should be just fine. I can’t wait to hear about how different the batches are that you’ve made. :)

      July 05, 2013
  • Cathy

    Thanks for the great nocino recipe! I found an excellent source for the green walnuts– on localharvest.org. They are the black walnuts and make wonderful nocino!

    July 04, 2013
    • You’re very welcome Cathy,

      I hope you enjoy the Nocino! Local Harvest is a fantastic resource. I was going to get mine there last year but I lucked out at one of the farmer’s markets that I go to and got them there. CHEERS!

      July 04, 2013
  • Kristi

    Your blog has made our trip to Sorrento next week even more exciting which hardly seems possible, but you did. I was over the moon for the limoncello. Now I cannot wait to see if I can try the nocino. Might need an extra suitcase on my flight home. Thanks – brilliant!

    February 16, 2013
    • Hi Kristi,

      If you like the limoncello…you’re going to LOVE the nocino! Have fun on your trip! Sorrento was one of the major highlights of my trip to Italy.

      February 16, 2013
  • Judy

    I just learned about this liqueur from an Italian magazine cookbook I have. I can’t wait to make it this spring. Just wondering if anyone has thought of using nutmeg instead of cinnamon? I’m allergic to cinnamon. What do you think the nutmeg will do to the recipe?

    December 29, 2012
    • Hi Judy, Feel free to leave out the cinnamon. The nutmeg will taste terrific in this. Just remember, nutmeg can be some pretty potent stuff, especially if you grate it fresh from the nut. I finally bottled my Nocino and it’s really good. My husband, who thought I was making some kind of swamp experiment on the counter all summer, has already insisted I make it again. :) Mark your calendar for June 21st (the ‘official’ Italian harvest date). But start looking for the green walnuts in early June (depending on where you live). CHEERS!

      December 29, 2012
  • [...] doing homemade gifts (and I do a lot of those as well) but sometimes giving someone a bottle of homemade Nocino or a couple of bags of chocolate covered caramels with sea salt  just doesn’t look like [...]

    December 06, 2012
  • Jessica D

    Just wanted to let you know that I started this recipe in July. I bottled the Nocino in early October and tried it. It was pretty good, then. Now in December, though, having aged a bit, it’s SPECTACULAR. I plan on making a much larger batch next year. I got a late start on harvesting walnuts so I plan on doing so earlier next year so they are softer and easier to cut! Reading up, it seem the traditional harvest time is in June, so I’m aiming for that. Anyway, great recipe! Thanks for the introduction to this wonderful libation!

    December 05, 2012
    • Hi Jessica,

      I’m so glad to hear that you like the Nocino! I haven’t bottled mine yet, just because I haven’t gotten around to it – LOL. The walnuts are easier to cut when you get them earlier (mine were just starting to get a bit hard when I got them), but sometimes the availability of the nuts changes by a week or two depending on where you are getting them from. Sounds like you’re going to have a VERY spirited holiday. CHEERS!

      December 05, 2012
    • I just bottled my Nocino. If you like liqueurs…you need to make this next year. Start looking for those green walnuts in June. Your patience will be GREATLY rewarded.

      December 16, 2012
  • Really a nice post and a great liqueur.
    I am a bit envious, I haven’t yet seen any green walnuts [opposed to green almonds] in the Middle East. I would like to prepare this concoction, but without green walnuts, no nocino.

    You might want to try to add just sugar and not simple syrup – I usually do this with limoncello and other liqueurs and it works very well. Then you have more control over the dilution of the liqueur – and it might be more adaptable, if you are mixing with it [more alcohol=better for cocktails].

    August 03, 2012
  • Thank you! Thank you! Now I finally have something to do with all those green walnuts that are hanging in my front yard. The only problem is, how do I make a delicious liquor when hubs is allergic to any and all nut? Actually never mind. I’m gonna make this anyway, we have plenty of other liquors he can enjoy.

    July 06, 2012
    • good for you Jennifer!

      We don’t need to share everything. ;) And you might not want to share this nocino with ANYONE.

      July 07, 2012
  • I, too, would like to know if this recipe can be made with black walnuts. Found you on Punk Domestics- love your blog!

    July 04, 2012
  • Andrew Cody

    I am glad to have this recipe, I have a walnut tree and will do something with it this year!

    July 04, 2012
  • slywlf

    Sounds yummy – one question though! I have a couple huge black walnut trees in my back yard, and every other year they produce awe-inspiring numbers of walnuts, much to the delight of the local squirrel population. Are black walnuts acceptable, or does this require English or other cultivated walnuts?

    July 04, 2012
    • Slywlf and Deirdre –

      First, I’m jealous of your black walnut stash. It’s next to near impossible to get those out here. But you can definitely use to make this nocino. As long as their still green enough to cut into. Be careful cutting them.

      And Deirdre…thanks for the blog compliments. :)

      July 04, 2012
  • Why do you keep trying to kill me with things I must have? Call me and tell me. Better yet. Meet me someplace in the middle of this country. GREG

    June 29, 2012
    • If you’re a very good boy this year, maybe Santa will put a bottle of this yumminess in your stocking. No flights required. Just a ‘quick’ jaunt up the 101.

      June 29, 2012

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