How to Make Lemon Extract

When life hands you lemons, add vodka and make lemon extract!


Lemon extract is SUPER simple! All you need is a clean container, lemon zest, and vodka. For extraction, be sure to use at least 35%, or 70 proof alcohol. I usually go the the liquor store and buy the cheapest vodka.

Cheapest vodka my local store had at time of purchase.

Hubs was awesome and “volunteered” to zest the lemons for me. Lemon extract only calls for 2-3 lemons on zest per 1/2 cup of vodka. I added the zest to a mason jar, and poured in my vodka. My little mason jar is holding 1 cup of vodka, and zest from 5 lemons.

Lemon extract takes about 4-8 weeks, be sure to store in a dark place, and shake daily!