How to Make Lemon Vodka

You can sip homemade lemon vodka with soda water or fresh fruit juices, or on the rocks. Here's how to make it.

Together, we’ve made strawberry vodka. Now, we’re ready to try lemon vodka! It’s even easier than the strawberry version—if you can believe that—and goes with almost all mixers.

Choosing Your Ingredients

As you know, the best ingredients make the best final product. We’re using Tito’s vodka because it makes a mean drink (it’s smooth) and the freshest lemons available.

Lemon Vodka Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pint of vodka
  • 3 lemons
  • 1-2 tablespoons of superfine sugar

Editor’s Tip: If you don’t have superfine sugar, granulated sugar will work, as well!

Instructions

Step 1: Find a one-quart container

For this recipe, the ingredients are based on a one-quart container. Yes! It is indeed a one-quart jar filled with 12 lemon quarters.

However, if you have a different size vessel, simply adjust the amount of vodka and lemons accordingly. The repurposed glass jar we’re using shows the lovely soaking lemons. It’s beautiful to look at and will taste great.

Lemons in a bowlJennifer Schwarzkopf for Taste of Home

Step 2: Get started on the lemons

No one wants debris in their vodka, right? Here’s how to wash lemons. Once the lemons are clean, cut off the ends and quarter them.

Cut lemons close upJennifer Schwarzkopf for Taste of Home

Step 3: Fill the jar

Put the lemons in the container. Don’t be shy. Feel free to squish them in there! It may feel like putting 10 pounds of sugar in a 5-pound sack, but you can do it. It will make your vodka that much better, so don’t skimp.

Jarred lemons up closeJennifer Schwarzkopf for Taste of Home

Then, fill to the top with vodka. If you’re adding sugar, include it now. (You can shake it all up to allow for even distribution after you seal it.)

Seal the jar tightly and place it in a cool, dark location. I like to put my jar on a pantry shelf.

Step 4: Wait

When I was pregnant, and past my due date, my husband decided to make limoncello from scratch. After zesting 30 lemons and mixing everything together, he placed it in the basement. When we returned home from the hospital some 10 days later, the concoction was ready for my mother and hubby to celebrate the new addition. (I was still too tired!)

The moral of the story is, let your lemon vodka rest for a week to 10 days. Then, give it a taste to see if it’s lemony enough for you. If you’d like it to have a stronger lemon flavor, let it sit a few days longer until it reaches the lemon level you’re looking for.

Once it gets there, strain the vodka, discard the lemon quarters and rebottle your vodka.

Upright lemon vodkaJennifer Schwarzkopf for Taste of Home

Drinks to Make with Lemon Vodka

It’s time to enjoy your concoction! Try a lemon martini, replacing the limoncello with additional lemon vodka. You can also use it in place of plain vodka in such drinks as an Apple Martini, this delightful Spiked Pink Lady or my personal favorite: the Rosemary & Thyme Lemon Cocktail.

Just like with food, the acid in citrus helps balance sweetness and works great with salt (margarita, anyone?). So, play around with your new signature lemon vodka. Trust us, this won’t be the last vodka you infuse!

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Jennifer Schwarzkopf
Half Chilean, half Irish descent and all joie de vivre, I'm a food writer/photographer who loves to share stories about different cultures and the magic that is sharing a meal together. When not doing that, you'll find me working on my culinary degree, hanging with family & friends, and just trying to "live deep and suck out all the marrow of life." Salud!