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Lemon Liqueur

A simple recipe for creating lemon infused vodka. Makes a great base for Lemon Drops.


  • 12 fresh lemons
  • 1 750 ml bottle vodka of your choosing
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups water


  • Thoroughly wash lemons. Slice lemons into long strips peeling fruit from the rind. Scrape all of the white inner flesh from the rind. Not doing this will create a very bitter infusion. 
    Place lemon rinds and vodka in a large jar or glass pitcher. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and let it sit for one week.
    After one week:
    heat sugar and water in a saucepan until sugar is dissolved. Once cool, add it to the lemons and vodka. You may need to split the lemon vodka infusion in two unless your jar is quite large. 
    Let the infusion sit for 24 hours. Optional: after 24 hours, strain the vodka to remove the lemon peels or keep them for presentation. 
    Refrigerate overnight