We found a great buy on Fresh Lemons today at our local WalMart. I had pleasing thoughts of Fresh Lemonade, and Ice Tea with Fresh Lemon Slices . . . but Then It Came to Me . . . Like a Flash of Burning Everclear . . . Lemonade Moonshine! What a perfect solution for all those Lemons. And so the experiment began with me squeezing lemons. I decided to use the same proportions as I did with my Sour Mix Recipe. On this experiment I am using 151 Proof Everclear for two reasons, number one, many of our readers only have access to 151 Proof and number two, its all my liquor store had. Here’s the recipe:
2 cups Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
6 cups Water
2 cups Granulated Sugar
2 cups 151 Proof Everclear
1: Put the water and sugar in a small pot, heat over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the water starts to clear. It does not need to boil. Stir occasionally so you do not burn the sugar. Now let it cool.
2: Add the Lemon Juice and the Everclear to your syrup, stir it all together and bottle it. Like all other liqueurs it mellows with age, a few hours, a few days, a few weeks . . . it’s up to you!
This recipe yields about 3 quarts.
This recipe is a little tart, but it’s what I prefer. If it’s too sour for you add a little sugar, a tablespoon at a time until you get the taste you want. This is the Joy of Making Your Own, you customize it to your taste.