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Buddha's Hand Citron Infused Vodka

Servings 750 ml vodka
Author Brandon Matzek


  • 1 Buddha's Hand Citron
  • 750 ml vodka


  • Be sure to give the citron a good rinse, wiping away any grit between the fingers (these guys can be quite dirty). Cut the fingers from the core of the hand and carve away any excess white pith. No need to get all crazy cutting away the pith - it's not really bitter like regular lemon pith, so it's fine if you have some remaining.
  • Slice each finger in half lengthwise and place in a large, airtight jar. Fill the jar with vodka, seal, and store in a cool, dark spot. Steeping time will depend on how big your citron is. The more sliced fingers you have in the jar, the shorter the infusion time. My batch was fragrant and delicious after 7 days. Shake the jar every so often and taste frequently.
  • Strain the vodka into a clean jar or bottle through a fine mesh basket strainer lined with a layer of cheesecloth.** Discard solids.


** You want to be certain that you strain out all of the solid materials from the vodka. Any leftover particles will breakdown over time and have an adverse affect on the taste. You should strain our the vodka with a fine-mesh basket strainer or a coffee filter (or both if you are worried!). Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 to 3 months.