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homemade lemon extract in a mason jar on top a wood cutting board with lemons around

Lemon Extract

Learn how to make a simple lemon extract to add bright lemon flavor to your favorite baked dishes.
Course extracts
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon extract
Prep Time 5 minutes
Soaking time 28 days
Servings 48 tsp
Calories 12kcal
Author Amy


  • vegetable peeler or microplane
  • mason jar


  • 4 lemon peels
  • 1 cup vodka


  • Wash and dry lemons.
  • Taking a vegetable peeler or zester, remove the yellow part of the peel.
  • Place in a jar large enough to leave two inches free at the top, then pour vodka over.
  • Add a tight lid and store in the cabinet for four weeks or more, shaking at least once a week.
  • After four weeks, check to see if the desired strength or potency has occured.
  • If it has then strain the lemon peels and pour the extract into a clean, glass storage container.


Choose organic lemons when possible, since you are using the peels.
Shake once a week and allow it to steep for 3-4 weeks before using. It should be yellow in color and have a strong lemon scent to it.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 12kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg