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.
- 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
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.
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Great give away for the holidays!
Sure is. Also great for holiday baking! 🙂
I love this! Your bottles are gorgeous!
Thanks Judy! 🙂
Where did you find these bottles and are they a specific type of bottle??
Looks quite pretty. Hope your move went well…
Thank you! Move went well, it was a bit difficult to locate things. Thanks for asking. 🙂
This is a great idea Anne!
Thanks Stefani! 🙂
Nice if you drink cold…….!!!
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’ve made homemade vanilla extract but never lemon. Thanks for the inspiration!
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! 🙂
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!
Hope you’ve settled down. Would love to see how those muffins turn out; sounds delish.
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… 🙂
Love that idea! I’m going to have to make a bottle of my own very soon!
Thanks Jan! 🙂
What a beautiful, beautiful blog. I wish I had time to try all of these recipes. Your pictures are gorgeous and add so much to the appeal.
Thank you Phyllis for the the lovely comment! 🙂
Simple but great idea! This can be used for so many things!! Thanks 😉
Thanks and yes it is truly simple. It’s the waiting that’s hard. 🙂
HAHA tell me about it. When i make kimchi, waiting is the worst part 😉
I LOOOOOVE kimchi!
You can cook so many cool dishes with kimchi 😉
Wow, this is cool! I’ve seen homemade vanilla extract all over the place but never lemon. If my meyer lemon tree decides to produce any lemons this year, this will definitely be on the list!
Thanks Katie! 🙂
Love this idea Anne! Keep’em coming! 🙂
-JulieB from ThePortoBellas.com
Thanks Julie! 🙂
What is the function of the water? I make several types of extracts – though not yet a lemon – but I have never added water to them.
I used water for this one mainly because I thought it might be too strong. It’s strictly a preference. You can leave out water if you desire.
Thank you my dear! 🙂
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