Prep 20 mins
Cook 504 hrs
I just finished a batch of this, and found it good enough to post here for my very first time. From "Cooking Light" Magazine: "Fresh lemon juice and lemon rind add bright tang and beautiful hue to this liqueur. Begin a batch 3 weeks before you plan to serve it. Pour over ice with 2 parts sparkling water for a cool, delicious lemon spritzer. To serve straight up, coat the rim of a chilled martini glass in lemon juice, then dip in sugar. Garnish with a lemon slice.
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 5 fresh lemon rind, cut into strips (I tried to use mostly yellow, omitting the white part)
- 3 cups vodka
- 1⁄4 cup lemon juice
- Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan; cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in rind. Cool completely. Stir in vodka and lemon juice.
- Divide vodka mixture between 2 wide-mouthed, 1-quart jars. Cover each jar with metal lid, screw on band. Store in a cool, dark place for 3 weeks, shaking jars every other day.
- Line a fine-mesh sieve with a double layer of cheesecloth, strain mixture through cheesecloth into a bowl. Discard solids. Return liqueur to jars or clean decanter; store chilled in refrigerator or freezer.
- Note: Mixture will keep in the freezer for up to a year.