A lemony syrup made by boiling lemon zest with lemon and sugar is the base for this delicious and refreshing hard lemonade with vodka.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Zest 1 lemon into large pieces using a knife. Place lemon zest in a saucepan; top with 1 cup water and sugar. Bring lemon zest mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and liquid is syrupy, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and cool; remove and discard lemon zest.

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  • Stir lemon juice and vodka together in a pitcher; pour in lemon syrup. Stir in enough water to fill the pitcher.

  • Fill glasses with ice; pour hard lemonade into each glass. Garnish each glass with a lemon slice.

Nutrition Facts

291 calories; protein 1.6g 3% DV; carbohydrates 47.4g 15% DV; fat 0.4g 1% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 9.3mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (7)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2015
I will never buy commercial hard lemonade again because it seems tasteless in comparison! I added more fresh lemon juice: bringing it to a cup. The recipe calls for the juice of 6 lemons which translates to about 12 Tablespoons about 3/4 cup. It's also yummy if you use citrus flavored vodka but if you have a big crop of fresh lemons this is a great way to use 'em up and using regular vodka keeps the price down. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/29/2015
I think that a cup of sugar is too much. Next time I will put less then 3/4 cups in and add more lemon. It needs to be more sour. Too much sugar is not refreshing for a hot day. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 5
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  • 3 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2014
A little work.......BUT ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT. This is outstanding. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2015
I will never buy commercial hard lemonade again because it seems tasteless in comparison! I added more fresh lemon juice: bringing it to a cup. The recipe calls for the juice of 6 lemons which translates to about 12 Tablespoons about 3/4 cup. It's also yummy if you use citrus flavored vodka but if you have a big crop of fresh lemons this is a great way to use 'em up and using regular vodka keeps the price down. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2014
My husband and I love this. Very sweet and yummy. Totally worth the work. I am not sure why the other reviewer's was so sour. I wonder if her lemons were supersized or she used a smaller pitcher than I did or something? Ours is definitely lemony but more sweet than anything. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/29/2015
I think that a cup of sugar is too much. Next time I will put less then 3/4 cups in and add more lemon. It needs to be more sour. Too much sugar is not refreshing for a hot day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2018
Yum! Made it with raspberry vodka because that s what I had on hand. Really sweet which is how my guy likes it but could cut back on sugar or add more lemon if you like it with a little more bite. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2019
Very good! Tasty and simple! Worth the effort! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/27/2014
I don't know why but this turned out CRAZY sour for me. I made the syrup exactly as stated but the drink was still very sour (despite mixing well). I still enjoyed it but it was a little too bitter for most of my guests. Read More