Pure Key Lime Extract

READY IN: 2hrs 20mins


  • 14
    cup Everclear alcohol
  • 2
    tablespoons Everclear alcohol


  • Using a microplane, remove the zest from the limes.
  • Using a funnel, add the lime zest and 1/4 cup Everclear to a small sealable glass bottle.
  • Allow the alcohol to extract the flavor from the zest, about an hour is adequate (you will see the liquid turning a beautiful emerald green color).
  • Strain the liquid from the zest into another bottle.
  • Add the remaining 2 Tb Everclear to the zest and mix well, then strain the rinse into the previous liquid.
  • Discard the exhausted zest.
  • Cut 4 inches from a clean nylon stocking and pack tightly into the bottom of a small funnel to act as a filter.
  • Pour the extract into the funnel, with the nozzle in a clean sealable bottle (this is the final bottle to be used for storing the extract).
  • The packed nylon will filter the cloudy particulates from the extract, it will be slow but you need not be present for the extract to filter-you should see about 2 drops per second.
  • Keep the funnel covered until the extract has passed through it to minimize evaporation.
  • Seal the bottle and store in a refrigerator or other cool, dark place.