10 large lemons

4 C. (946 ml) 100 proof grain vodka

4 C. (946 ml) water

3 3⁄4 C. granulated sugar


Peel the lemons, making sure not to get any of the white pith (reserve the remainder of the lemons

for another use). In a large airtight container, combine the vodka and lemon peel, cover, and let the

flavors infuse for 5 days. In a 3-quart pan, add the water and the sugar and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Add the simple syrup to the infused alcohol and then set aside for 2 more days. Strain the mixture

through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean glass bottle and discard the lemon zest. Serve chilled.

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