Buddha Hands are a seedless, juice-free version of citron. So you might ask “What would I want it for?” Well…….. citron infused vodka, that’s what for! This is not your grandpa’s limoncello. This doesn’t taste like battery acid mixed with lemon laundry detergent.
This smells like lemon, hard-core lemon. When you cut into it the lemon smell lingers in a pleasant way on your hands. No juice and no seeds means you have no bitter pithy after taste. And it also means your vodka will be transformed into the best lemon liquor you can buy (or make).
Each of these Buddha hands were $3.99 at my local supermarket (Meijer). They are in season in the winter time (like the majority of citrus) but you may have to look in the exotic fruit section.
Easy enough…… cut and shove them in a bottle along with vodka and set in a dark place for a while. How long is really hard to judge. It depends on how big your “hand” is, how much vodka you used, how many times you remember to shake the infusion and your own time line. There is a recipe below to print that will help you.
In two days mine smelled like the best limoncello I had ever had. But I will leave the citrusy fingers in there for at least 3 weeks. Then strain and bottle.
If you want to use it as a drinking liqueur then you can make a simple syrup. For every two cups of infused vodka mix 1 cup of simple syrup. Or add it to your favorite cocktails and you have a twist of lemon with every sip.