Homemade Lemon Extract

Homemade Lemon Extract

I started this infusion two and a half months ago.  I was supposed to bottle it two weeks ago but was not able to locate it due to the move.  I found it today, filtered and bottled it just in time for the holiday baking.  I used Meyer lemon for this but you can use whatever lemon you have available.

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  • 1 Meyer lemon peels, with a vegetable peeler and not a zester
  • 1/2 cup of vodka, white rum, white tequila or gin (I used Smirnoff vodka)
  • 1/4 cup of filtered water
  • 1 12-ounce mason jar, sterilized (or any sterilized jar with a tight
    fitting lid)


Wash your lemon thoroughly and dry it with a towel.  Remove the lemon rind using a vegetable peeler.  Peel the yellow part of the lemon and not the white (pith) as it will make your extract bitter.  Put your peels in the jar, add vodka, water, and seal the jar.  Give it a shake before you store your jar in a dark cool place for 8-10 weeks.  After 8-10 weeks, strain your extract removing any solids and bottle.  At this point you can use your homemade lemon extract.

Homemade Lemon Extract


35 thoughts on “Homemade Lemon Extract

    • Actually, you can! 🙂 I have limoncello currently steeping so I’ll have that post up soon. I made these for baking so drinking this will be a bit too strong for my palate. 😉

    • I LOVE homemade vanilla extract! I made them a few months back with tequila, rum, vodka, and spiced rum. It really makes a huge difference in your baked goods! I will never go back to store bought vanilla extract. 🙂 I’m glad to hear that this post inspires people to make their own –yay! 🙂

  1. i love this, would be so nice to give as a gift during the holidays..lemon bread is my mans fave, so im gonna need to make this to give my bread an extra punch…great idea anne! hope your having a great day..sarah

    • Oh yay! I’m glad you like it. 🙂 And it would be fantastic in your lemon bread! I’m going to use this extract in my lemon olive oil muffins. And of course it would be a fabulous for gifts this holiday. 😉 Have a groovy day Sarah!

    • Hi there! Thanks for popping over. Yes, I have somewhat settled down, hoping to be more organized in the next few weeks. I will have a post on my muffins soon, stay tuned… 🙂

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