When a friend gives you a big bag of lemons from their tree, there just aren’t enough lemon recipes. Cytrynówka Polish Lemon Liqueur has always been a favorite, so we’ve made several batches, one for me, one for Ed without sugar (it’s burns a lot more), one for my mom’s birthday, one for the lemon grower.
As usual, my inspiration comes from our book the Great Book of Tinctures which is in Polish. If you’d like your own copy, it’s usually available on Amazon via my affiliate link. (That means if you buy it via this link, amazon pays me a few cents.) There are a lot of variations to make this lemon liqueur. Some recipes will use lemon juice. Some will use a higher proof liquor, but I can say that this is delicous and quick and easy to assemble, and ready to drink in just a few days. It makes for great sipping after dinner or can be used in cocktails.
Homemade Lemon Liqueur in the Polish tradition
1 liter vodka
sugar, 1/4 – 3/4 cup
Wash the lemons and submerge in boiling water (I wish I could explain the benefits of the boiling water, but I’m just following directions)
Use a vegetable peeler to remove the zest from the lemons, add to a large jar or divide among multiple jars
Add vodka and sugar (to taste), and top with a lid
Shake or swirl the mixture occasionally over the next couple of days, until the sugar dissolves
Remove the lemon zest after 24 to 48 hours
Refrigerate and serve chilled