12 lemons, or a mixture of lemons and limes, scrubbed
2 liters of good quality vodka or rum
3 cups of granulated sugar
3 cups of water
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
Use a vegetable peeler to remove the zest in strips, make sure not to get any pith. Combine lemon zest and vodka in a glass container, cover, and store in a cool, dark place for 4 weeks.
In a saucepan, combine sugar and water to boil over high heat, then reduce heat stirring often to dissolve sugar. Cool completely. Strain the lemon strips from the vodka. Add the vodka and lemon juice to the simple syrup.
Use a funnel to pour into bottles. Store in the freezer for up to one year. Serve directly from the freezer.__________
Side note: We are heading out to Kate Wolf Festival and I highly doubt there will be internet there, so I might be unavailable until Monday. But I'll have lots of pictures and stories when I get back. Smiles!