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Lemon Infused Vodka

This 2-ingredient lemon infused vodka is light, refreshing, and bursting with vibrant citrus flavors. It’s a delightful infusion that serves as the perfect addition to all your favorite fruity cocktails!

The vodka in a sealed jar with the lemon slices

It is known far and wide that I’m a big fan of infused alcohol. Not only do I love to drink it, but I also love to make it.

The main reason why I make infusions like this lemon vodka is because I know exactly what’s in it. That’s also why I think everyone else should make their own infusions.

When you pick up a store bought bottle of lemon flavored vodka and look at the ingredients, along with the vodka, usually it also says natural flavors. I don’t trust natural flavors.

When you pick up your own infusion, you know the ingredients and how you made it: vodka with lemon.

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The taste of homemade liquor infusions far outshine any store bought brands. The lemon flavor is subtle but distinct. Just wait and see.

Helpful tips

  • I like to use a solid brand of vodka like Ketel One or Absolut. No need to use a premium brand like Grey Goose, unless you want to, of course.
  • Use a big enough jar so you can fit as much fruit as you can but still have a gap from the vodka to the top of the jar, so you can shake the infusion. My go to is a 32 ounce jar.
  • Wash your citrus before either juicing it or placing it in a cocktail, or in this case, alcohol. Here’s how: My current preference is to use this cloth. It has a smooth side and coarse side. I wet the cloth and scrub the skin of the fruit with the coarse side. Then I rinse the lemon with water and set it aside.
  • Here’s another way to wash citrus: Squirt a little natural, unscented soap in your hand. Take a lemon between your hands and rub the soap on the skin. Take a vegetable brush and scrub the skin. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Buy one more lemon than you need because you will zest the extra lemon.
  • When you zest the lemon, make sure to not dig too far in the white pith of the fruit.
  • This infused vodka goes so well in cocktail recipes like the lemon drop martini. Another drink that would be delicious with this infusion would be in a lemon vodka tonic.
  • There is no reason to store this vodka in the refrigerator, unless you want to.

How to make lemon infused vodka

Pre-step

Wash a jar with warm soapy water. Rinse and dry completely.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – 3 lemons, and vodka.

Lemons, vodka, microplane, and jar on the table

Step two

With the microplane, zest one of the washed lemons. Also slice one of the lemons and cut the other in wedges.

A board with sliced lemon, with zest, and vodka on the table

Step three

Add the lemon slices and wedges to the jar. Also sprinkle in the lemon zest to join the lemons.

A jar with the sliced and wedges of lemon with vodka in the back

Step four

Pour 2 cups of vodka over the lemons and into the jar.

Pouring the vodka in the jar with the lemons

Step five

Cap the citrus vodka.

The vodka in a sealed jar with the lemon slices

Step six

Shake the vodka mixture vigorously for 5 seconds.

Step seven

And you have the beginnings of your lemon vodka infusion. See how the vodka has a yellow hue to it already?

The jar with vodka and lemon shaken

Step eight

You can either infuse your vodka in the refrigerator, or in a cool, dry, dark place like a pantry or cellar. I am infusing my vodka in the refrigerator.

Shake vigorously for 5 seconds, two times a day. I choose to perform this task after breakfast and supper. That way I don’t forget.

Step nine

After the 5 days, take the jar out of the fridge and give it one more shake. Get a large bowl, sieve, and ultra fine cheesecloth.

Place the sieve into the bowl and the cheesecloth in the sieve.

Jar with the lemons in the vodka with a sieve in the back

Step ten

Unscrew the lid of the jar and carefully pour the contents into the cheesecloth lined sieve.

vodka soaked lemons in a sieve

Don’t the lemons still look fresh? Don’t be fooled, they will be vodka soaked, so just throw them away.

Pour the citrus-infused vodka into either a bottle like I do or a clean jar.

A bottle with the lemon vodka in it

Cap the bottle. You can store this infused vodka in your bar. There is no need to refrigerate unless you want to.

A capped bottle with the yellow vodka in it

Let’s pour some of this delicious vodka out.

A measuring glass with the vodka in it with the bottle of lemon vodka in back

Perfect. I hope you enjoyed this lemon infused vodka. It’s so yummy. Try it in the classic lemon drop cocktail for an enhanced flavor or in your favorite cocktail that uses lemon juice and vodka.

And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish.

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Square photo with the measured out vodka with the bottle in back

Lemon Infused Vodka

This 2-ingredient lemon infused vodka is light, refreshing, and bursting with vibrant citrus flavors. It’s a delightful infusion that serves as the perfect addition to all your favorite fruity cocktails!
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: citrus vodka, lemon infused vodka, lemon vodka
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Infusion time: 5 days
Total Time: 5 days 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 104kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 large lemons
  • 1 medium lemon (to zest)
  • 2 cups vodka

Instructions

  • Wash your jar with warm soapy water, rinse and dry completely.
  • Zest the medium lemon. Slice one lemon in wheels and slice the other lemon in wedges.
    2 large lemons, 1 medium lemon
  • Add the lemon wedges, slices, and zest to the jar.
  • Pour the vodka over the lemons and into the jar.
    2 cups vodka
  • Cap the jar and shake the contents vigorously for 5 seconds.
  • Store in a cool, dark place like a pantry, or cellar. Or like I did, store in the refrigerator. Shake vigorously for 5 seconds two times a day for five days.
  • Transfer to a decorative bottle or another jar.
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Nutrition

Serving: 2ounces | Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Vitamin C: 86mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg
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16 Comments

    1. Thanks, Gloria! It’s a perfect gift because who doesn’t love a lemon drop martini made with lemon vodka? Thanks for your comment.

  1. I love the idea of lemon infused vodka. Bet this has a great citrus taste! Excited to give it a try! Thanks for the recipe share!

  2. This lemon infused vodka was so easy to make. I can’t wait to use it in my cocktails. It smells and tastes wonderful.

  3. Homemade lemon vodka…count me in. I just made a batch and can’t wait to try it in my favorite cocktail ~ a lemon drop martini.