Citrus Peel Vodka

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Serves10-20 people
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Citrus Peel Vodka

Think you can't do anything with leftover clementine peel and squeezed lemons? This infused vodka recipe will make you think again. Just gather up a few handfuls of citrus peel and combine them with sugar and vodka to make a warming winter liqueur.


  • 2 large handfuls of citrus peel
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 750ml vodka
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1. Sterilise a 1 ltr jar by putting it through a dishwasher cycle or washing it in hot soapy water and then drying it in an oven set to 100°C/Fan 80°C/Gas 1/4.
2. Gather up 2 handfuls of citrus peel - you can use 1 type of citrus, such as clementines or limes, or a mix. Use a small, sharp knife to slice as much of the white pith as possible. The white pith will make the vodka taste bitter, so try to slice as much away from the peel.
3. Place the citrus peel and sugar into the jar. Pour in the vodka and seal the jar. Give it a gentle shake, then set the vodka aside for 1-2 weeks. Shake the jar every day to help blend the sugar with the vodka. Taste it after 1 week and if it is infused enough for you, strain out the peel and pour the flavoured vodka back into the jar or into a sterilised bottle. Otherwise, leave it for up to 1 more week. Any longer and the peel will start to make the vodka taste bitter.
4. If you want to sweeten the vodka a little more after you have strained out the peel, make a sugar syrup by dissolving 50g caster sugar in 50ml simmering water and then simmer for 2 mins. Stir in a little sugar syrup, taste, and add a little more until it's right for you. The vodka is delicious served over ice and mix with a little lemon juice and soda water for a longer drink.
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