DIY Lemon Shu

How to enjoy Lemon Liquor:

Go to the store and buy it.


Have a landlady, a lemon tree, and a sense of adventure.


Oh, and a DIY fruit liquor kit also helps a great deal.

The jar comes filled with “white liquor.” I don’t know; I didn’t ask. But according to one recipe I read, any clear alcohol will do. That author prefers grain alcohol to vodka, but accepts vodka as the easiest option.

Any clear liquor
Lemons, fresh from the tree.

The lemons come from our landlady’s garden. I know they look a little orange today, but they were quite yellow last week. And from the aroma no washing can remove from my fingers, I can vouch they are, indeed, lemons rather than oranges.

Into the jar of white liquor goes the peel and the cut-up lemons.

Chopped lemons.

And then we wait.

Waiting for sugar.

At one point we were waiting for our landlady’s husband to come back with the sugar. After that, it’s put into a corner where I will forget about it for a week, and then a month, and then possibly even another month. If it goes well, I can make anything into “Seasonal Fruit Liquor.” Even avocado, according to the Japanese website, but I think I’ll stick to lemons for now.