How to Make Homemade Lemon Extract

This recipe is based on the post “How to Making Baking Extracts” from the Denver Post.

Combine the zest from 1 lemon, 1 teaspoon sugar and  ½ cup 40% alcohol vodka.  Don’t use the pith (white part) of the lemon- just stick to the yellow – as the pitch is bitter.  I like to use my Microplane zester to get a beautiful, fine lemon zest.

Place zest, sugar and vodka in a lidded, glass jar. 

Shake the bottle once a day for at least a month, and you have homemade lemon extract.  I usually aim for two to three months. The flavor will improve with age.

Strain the finished extract through cheesecloth, a coffee filter or a flour sack towel to filter and place in a dark bottle. 

Store in a cool, dark location.


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