Lemon Vodka Recipe and Suggestions
One really nice thing about this recipe is that you can use any citrus fruit as a base. If you prefer making lime vodka to use in your Tex-Mex marinades, or orange vodka to add a little bite to your fruit salad, I've listed the substitutions below. Flavored vodka makes an interesting ingredient in cooking. It's a nice homemade hostess gift, too.
Lemon Vodka Recipe
Half of a 1.75 liter bottle of vodka (59.2 fluid ounces)
1 cup white granulated sugar
The zest of 5 lemons (or four medium sized oranges, or six limes)
Directions for Lemon Vodka
Combine the ingredients in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
Shake well to dissolve the sugar.
Set aside for four weeks in a room temperature cupboard.
Drizzle the seasoned mixture through a large coffee-filter lined funnel to remove the zest.
For this recipe, I like to choose organic fruits because I'm not sure how much pesticide is typically used on citrus. Employ your best judgment.
For presentation, it's nice to peel and curl narrow strips of zest to include in the bottle.
If I have lemon balm, I like to add a sprig to the mix. It gives the vodka an elegant aroma -- well, it seems that way to me, anyway.