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Homemade Lemon Infused Vodka Recipe

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Last Updated on July 12, 2024 by Leah Hall

This Lemon Infused Vodka is simple to make and adds so much flavor to cocktails. Use it to add a tart taste to drinks or lemon flavor to your favorite cocktail using citrus vodka.


We love making our own infusions of things, whether it comes to craft vodka with other flavors like rhubarb vodka, strawberry infused vodka, or really any of our simple syrup recipes by using herbs, flowers and spices.

yellow colored Lemon Infused Vodka in swingtop bottle on wooden table

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placing lemon slices for lemon infused vodka into a mason jar

We love infusing liqueurs like Aperol, too! Try our Watermelon Aperol Spritz and Pineapple Aperol Spritz, too!

Lemon slices in vodka in a mason jar with cut lemon and cutting board

Using real ingredients for this lemon infused vodka makes all the difference in taste. Fresh lemons add so much to this citrus-infused vodka, (you could do this with oranges, grapefruit, tangerines and more!) Simply cut the fruit into lemon slices and place in a mason jar. Cover with vodka and let sit to infuse for 48-72 hours. We like it the best around 48 hours, but taste it and see if it is the level of lemon flavor that you want.

cutting lemon slices to make lemon infused vodka in a mason jar

Lemon Vodka

Keep in mind that the real lemon juice in this homemade lemon vodka will change the color of the vodka to a yellow color. Not clear like store bought flavored vodkas. Use this lemon vodka as the base spirit in a Vodka Collins with soda water, Lemon Drop, Vodka Lemonade or even a Lemon Vodka Tonic.

If you don’t want the darker yellow color from the lemon juice you can just use citrus peels. So, use a vegetable peeler and take off the lemon zest (try not to get a lot of pith, the white stuff) as that will make the vodka bitter. Then do the same thing as instructed above, add the peels to a mason jar and top with vodka. Let infuse for a few days!

pouring vodka over lemon slices in mason jar to make lemon infused vodka

We hope you try this simple vodka infusion!

straining lemon slices in a metal sieve into a glass measuring cup



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Lemon slices in vodka in a mason jar with cut lemon and cutting board
Yield: 2 cups

Lemon Infused Vodka

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 days

Make this simple and delicious Lemon Infused Vodka recipe. This homemade version is tart and works great as a base spirit in your favorite citrus cocktails.


  • 1 lemon, washed and sliced
  • 2 cups vodka


  1. Slice the lemon into lemon wheels or wedges.
  2. Place in mason jar and top with vodka.
  3. Let sit to infuse for at least 48 hours, check at 48 hours, and you can go longer if necessary to 72 hours if you want more lemon flavor.
  4. Strain with a fine mesh strainer (we had to use a cheesecloth too) to get out the pieces of citrus.
  5. Pour into a bottle or jar to store on your bar cart or in your bar cabinet.
  6. Cheers!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 ounce

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 31Carbohydrates: .6gFiber: .2gSugar: .2gProtein: .1g

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