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Lemon vodka is the base for limoncello and is a citrusy, flavorful drink. I use the power of the whipping siphon to quickly extract the flavors from the lemon peels, reducing the macerating process from several weeks to 5 minutes. The final product is a little less rounded than the original, but it's a great substitute if you have a hankering for limoncello and don't want to wait several weeks. Once the lemon vodka is done, you can turn it into limoncello.
The recipe calls for the zest of 5 lemons and not wanting to waste the lemons themselves I make lemonade with them. Simply combine the lemon juices with enough sugar and water to balance out the sour.
Lightly scrub the outside of the lemons then remove the zest with a vegetable peeler or zester. Make sure little to no pith came off as well, using a paring knife to remove any.
Place the peels in a whipping siphon and add the vodka. Seal the whipping siphon, charge it, and swirl for 20 to 30 seconds. Let the siphon sit for 2 minutes longer. Place a towel over the top of the siphon and vent it. Open the siphon and wait until the bubbling stops.
Strain the vodka and let sit for at least 5 minutes before using.