Prep: 15 mins Ready to drink in 2 weeks


Makes about 2 litres

Make up a batch of this boozy lemony drink - it's great as a homemade gift or poured over ice cream

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  • 5 unwaxed lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 1l bottle vodka



    Originally associated with Russia, Slavonic, Baltic and Scandinavian countries, vodka has become…

  • 750g caster sugar
  • 700ml boiling water


  1. Pare the zest from all the lemons, taking care not to include any white pith. Put the zest in a large clean jar and pour over the vodka. Cover with a tightly fitting lid and leave for a week, shaking the jar each day.

  2. Put the sugar in a heatproof bowl and pour over the boiling water, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add the vodka and peels and leave for a further week, shaking the jar regularly.

  3. Strain into decorative bottles, adding a few strips of lemon zest to each bottle.

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Comments (38)

sallymount's picture do some lovely bottles in different sizes and shapes -it makes a super gift with a homemade label!!

jane_saunders04's picture

Made it and love it - now on the look out for good cocktail recipes to use it in

clarice's picture

Really easy to make, good lemon flavour. Re the comment on sweetness, this should be served very cold so you need extra sweetness as temperature affects it. You can keep in the freezer and serve it directly from there

l-stonehouse's picture

I have just added the dissolved sugar and it has gone a bit cloudy is this normal?

clarice's picture

Hi Nic, drinks like this last for ages so don't worry about it going off. It may deteriorate in flavour after a few years but still be drinkable. I'm going to make a batch tomorrow for gifts.

nicademeus's picture

does anyone know how long this last for once made? i want to make it as an xmas gift but not sure when to start.. thanks

clarice's picture

BrandNewBaker, it shouldn't make any difference. If I couldn't get unwaxed I would buy waxed and give them a good scrub.

brandnewbaker's picture

I've got a horrible feeling I just wasted a whole litre of vodka by adding the peel from waxed lemons by mistake. Anything I can do to salvage it, or is it ruined?

kmount's picture

Is the vodka etc added to hot sugar syrup?

sarah-emily's picture

I have ordered my palermo bottles from Lakeland and can't wait to make this and the Cranberry vodka, although I have a glut of frozen rasperries so it will probably be rasperry vodka! My boyfriend must be bored of hearing me going on about them!

miche002's picture

too much sugar! A waste of vodka. didn't work for me

jeaniemas's picture

Have made this using lemons from my tree - picked them Sunday.
Where do I get the bottles shown in the recipe picture?

chrischambers's picture

Love the sound of this recipe but how long will it Keep?

tokyo-g's picture

Zest only - that way you get the lemon flavour but none of the bitterness. Have just added the syrup and it tastes great already, not sure it'll last another week...

jonesy321's picture

Would be interested to know if you're suposed to add the lemon juice to this recipe. Doesn't make it clear in the instructions.

maryyem's picture

Am in the middle east, made this with Smirnoff vodka for a gourmet club Italian dinner. Excellent and disappeared very quickly!

kellyc's picture

Made mine with citrus absolute vodka and reduced the sugar by 250g


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