How to Make Lemon Brandy

Lemon brandy is a fabulous way to use up the lemon peels after making lemonade. It is a tasty drink and can also be used for a variety of baked goods and cooking flavoring purposes. It also makes a great gift. This version is an original 1880s recipe.


  • Lemon peels (save them after making lemonade), unsprayed and clean
  • Brandy, good quality


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    Cut the lemon peel into small pieces. Only use the thin yellow outer peel; the thick part is bitter and should not be used.
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    Pour the brandy into a suitable bottle or leave it in its original bottle.
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    Add the lemon pieces to the brandy.
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    Allow to stand for 3 - 4 weeks to steep.
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    Use as wished.


  • Prefer organic peel over conventional lemons; scrub well in either case.
  • If presenting as a gift, include a little gift card explaining the fact that you have made the brandy from fresh lemons.

Things You'll Need

  • Peeler
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Bottle, sterilized and clean, or use the original brandy bottle

Sources and Citations

  • Sourced from F.L. Gillette, The White House Cookbook, (1887) available in the public domain via Project Gutenberg. The eBook used for the source of this article is available for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.

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Categories: Infused Spirits and Liqueurs