Lemon Infused Vodka

Lemon infused vodka.

Most people probably know instinctively how to make this.

I have to say, though, I didn’t. So, if you are stupid like me, here is one of the easiest recipes you will ever make. It takes a cheapo vodka and turns it into something way more palatable. The infusion takes away the burn, lessens the medicinal aftertaste, and makes any mixed drink taste more refined.

So, here goes:

Lemon Infused Vodka


1 empty milk bottle/mason jar/Tupperware

1 bottle vodka

3 lemons, sliced into slices/wedges small enough to fit through the lid of your jar

1. Empty the bottle of vodka into the jar.

2. Put the lemons, seeds, skin and all, into the jar.

3. Cover the jar and put it in a cool place. Leave it alone for 48 hours.

After a 2 days, this is what the vodka will look like. A little cloudy and a very pale yellow. Taste it with your finger. It should be bright and tart, with a slow afterburn of vodka. If you can’t taste the lemon flavor, leave it in for another day. If you can taste the lemon, then…

4. Strain the mixture into a large bowl, passing it through a sieve so all the lemony bits and seeds are caught. Then, rinse out the jar to make sure pulp is removed.

5. Funnel the vodka back into the clean jar, and…

Voila. Your vodka is ready to serve.

This is a very clean, light drink, and it is amazing how putting some citrus in a bottle of cheap¬†vodka really refines the taste. This isn’t good enough to drink alone, but it totally changes the way that a vodka soda tastes. Add some simple syrup and you have yourself a quick lemonade spritzer. Oranges would also be great in here, and I kinda have a hankering to try some tarragon in there next time. And it makes one heck of a Bloody Mary.

One of my favorite non-recipe recipes.


  1. When I read “This isn’t good enough to drink alone,” I started thinking you meant ‘by yourself.’ I was like ‘What do I care? I like drinking anything alone.’

    I might have a problem.

  2. I did something like this recently. Instead of lemons, I was hoarding pineapple cores in the freezer and collected enough to fill up a 2 liter bottle. Added some fresh sliced of lemon and limes. Then added the juices of 2 oranges. Then filled the whole things with vodka. The next morning, I tried it and didn’t want to share with my friends. But I did and they all loved it!


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