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Lemon Liqueur Recipe

Lemon Liqueur Recipe

Postby HighHeelKitchen » Fri Jun 03, 2011 12:34 pm

Lemon Liqueur:
2 large Lemons
Water, as needed
2 cups Sugar
2 cups Vodka

Thinly peel zest strips from the lemons. Do NOT include the whiter inner peel. Place the zest strips into a medium saucepan. Cut the lemons in half and squeee juice into a measuring cup; remove any seeds. Measure juice and add enouch water to make 1 cup. Pour lemon juice into saucepan with zest, add sugar and stir. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. When it reaches a boil reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and cool. Pour lemon mixture into an aging container, add vodka and stir. Cap and age for 4 weeks in a cool dark place. After initial aging, pour through a metal strainer into a bowl to remove zest. Zest may be used for cooking if desired. Pour liqueur back into cleaned aging container for an additional month of aging.

When completed with aging, strain liqueur through a fine cloth, such as muslin, which is placed over a large bowl. Repeat as needed. A cloudy layer may form on top after several strainings. The cloudy portion may be poured off and reserved for cooking if desired. Bottle and cap as desired.

Liqueur is now ready to be used in cooking, but is preferred for drinking after 3 or more months aging. Liqueur will be ready for drinking in 3 to 5 months.
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