Lemon Verbena Liqueur

A few weeks ago I gathered half a cup of my wonderfully aromatic lemon verbena leaves and put them in a large jar, to which I then added one litre of vodka.

In the June sunshine it shimmered like liquid gold…

I sealed the jar, and let it sit on my windowsill to infuse for exactly two weeks. The scent of lemony bonbons was heavenly when I opened the jar to add the sugar – 500g of it.

After another 2 or 3 weeks, in which I occasionallyย  gave it a little shake to help the sugar dissolve, I strained the liqueur and filtered it into some bottles. But there was a drop left that didn’t fit into the second bottle, so I just had to test it…

Mmmmmmmmm. So delicious, yet so simple to make.

Best enjoyed in a tiny glass in very small quantities, to make it last as long as possible…


37 thoughts on “Lemon Verbena Liqueur

  1. This is awesome. Based on an earlier post where you mentioned Lemon Verbena, I decided to grow it on my balcony along with a slew of other herbs. Today, I simmered Korean green tea balls with pineapple sage, & lemon verbena in a large pot of water for about 4 hours. Once it became aromatically pleasing, I added honey and some lemon extract, poured it over ice and added Vodka. I am now sitting by a pool at night happy as a bumble be in the midst of spring (me in summer; 108 degrees today) I love the subtle hint of flavor that lemon Verbena adds to my green tea. It truly can contribute to the grandeur of a wonderful, fresh cocktail also. I will have to try your recipe as I have plenty to experiment with.

  2. Hi Cathy…Wow! It looks beautiful that bottle of golden liquid, almost like honey. The more I learn about you through your posts the more I like….have a sip on me why don’t you… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. Hello – I’ve got my lemon verbena from the summer, but it’s dried – could I still make this and if so – what amount of dried since it’s stronger dried. (and no summer sun – just NY winter weather)

  5. Iโ€™m just making this now. When it is strained, do you store it in the fridge or cupboard, and how long should it last?

    • Hi Mary, I stored it in a cupboardโ€ฆ no need to keep it chilled as long as it has been thoroughly strained. With all the alcohol and sugar in it it would keep for at least a year, maybe longer. I drank mine all up within a few months though. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Enjoy!

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