Homemade Lemon Extract

Lemon Extract

Follow these simple steps to make your own lemon extract. Makes a great gift.


  • 2 small organic lemons, or 1 large lemon
  • 1 cup vodka


Zest lemons. Try not to include the pith; it’s bitter.

Place zests in a jar, and cover with vodka.

Screw the lid on the jar, and store in a cool, dark place for at least two weeks (longer is even better).

Transfer your finished lemon extract (minus the zest) to brown glass bottles.


  • Make non-alcoholic extract, by swapping out the vodka called for with three parts food-grade liquid glycerin and one part water.