Stick with organic lemons, since you’ll be using the peel
Prefer to use alcohol-free extracts? Just replace the vodka with three parts food-grade liquid glycerin and one part water
Homemade lemon extract makes a great gift. Make an extra batch (or several) to share with your friends and family
Save the brown bottles from store-bought extracts, and refill them with your own extracts
You can also make your own orange, peppermint and vanilla extract
prep time1 Hr
methodNo-Cook or Other
Ingredients For homemade lemon extract
vodka (80-100 proof, cheap stuff is fine)
How To Make homemade lemon extract
Remove the zest from 2 - 3 lemons. A lemon zester is a great tool for this project but you may also try using a vegetable peeler. Do not include the white pith because it is very bitter. Place peels inside a clean jar.
Add approximately 1/2 cup of vodka to your lemon zest. Make sure your peel is completely covered by the liquid (add more if not) and tightly seal your jar. Give it a nice shake and let concoction sit in a dark place for 4 - 8 weeks depending on how much patience you have (the longer it sits, the stronger the extract). Gently shake the mixture at least once a week to infuse the flavors.
When proper time has elapsed, strain your finished product and place inside a clean glass bottle. This will last for years!
(Note: To make this infusion double strength, add another batch of lemon peel to your finished extract and repeat the process one more time.)
Last Step: Don't forget to share!
Make all your friends drool by posting a picture of your finished recipe on your favorite social
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