This is the easiest to make and delicious. If you want the 80 day version let me know.


  • 3 lemons (6 ounces each) We prefer Meyer Lemons
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups vodka (we use 100 proof)


Rinse lemons; if waxed, rub with a cloth under hot running water. Dry with a cloth. Grate the zest to make 1 tablespoon.
In a 2 - 3 quart pan, combine peel, sugar and vodka. Stir often over medium heat until mixture reaches 125 to 130 degrees, about 5 minutes. Watch carefully; if overheated, fumes may ignite. Let cool.
Meanwhile, cut the grated lemons in half and squeeze 8 - 10 tablespoons juice. Add the juice to the vodka mixture. Pour into bottles; seal airtight. (if seals are rubber to synthetic rubber, cover glass top with plastic wrap to protect the seals; alcohol can soften them). Store at least 2 days or up to 1 week in a cool, dark place.
Pour through a strainer lined with 2 layers of damp cheesecloth into an 8 cup glass measure; return to bottles. Serve or seal airtight and store up to 1 year in a cool dark place. (I store mine in the freezer)

Makes 4 1/2 cups, about 16 - 20 servings 156 calories, 0 grams protein, 21 grams carbohydrates, 0 gram fat, 0 gram cholesterol, 1 mg sodium, 0 gram fiber

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Submitted 6/13/05.
Source: Sunset Magazine
Submitted By: Dale Studebaker
Sunset's Lemon Liqueur