Lemon Drop Liqueur
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 5 lemon rinds, cut into strips
- 3 cups vodka
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan; cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in rind. Cool completely. Stir in vodka and lemon juice.
Sterilize 2 wide-mouthed, 1-quart jars according to manufacturer's directions. Divide vodka mixture between jars. Cover each jar with metal lid; screw on band. Store in a cool, dark place for 3 weeks, shaking jar every other day.
Line a fine-mesh sieve with a double layer of cheesecloth; strain mixture through cheesecloth into a bowl. Discard solids. Return liqueur to jars or clean decanter; store chilled in refrigerator or freezer.
Note: Mixture will keep in the freezer for up to a year.
Locals often unwind at Ray's Boathouse with a bracing summer cocktail like this one. Fresh lemon juice and lemon rind add bright tang and a beautiful hue to this liqueur. Begin a batch three weeks before you plan to serve it. Pour over ice with two parts sparkling water for a cool, delicious lemon spritzer. To serve straight up, coat the rim of a chilled martini glass in lemon juice, then dip the rim in sugar. Garnish with a slice of lemon.
- Yield: 4 3/4 cups (serving size: 1/4 cup)
|Calories per serving:||170|
|Caloriesfromfat per serving:||0.0%|
|Fat per serving:||0.0g|
|Saturated fat per serving:||0.0g|
|Monounsaturated fat per serving:||0.0g|
|Polyunsaturated fat per serving:||0.0g|
|Protein per serving:||0.0g|
|Carbohydrate per serving:||21.4g|
|Fiber per serving:||0.1g|
|Cholesterol per serving:||0.0mg|
|Iron per serving:||0.0mg|
|Sodium per serving:||1mg|
|Calcium per serving:||1mg|