You can make this with any citrus. The key is using the best and freshest citrus possible. Fruit that has been in storage a long time gives a muddy taste to the drink.
- 12 Meyer lemons, or a mixture of lemons and limes, peel only, no pith
- 3 sprigs lavender, optional but lovely
- 2 liters light rum or vodka
- 6 cups sugar
- 3 cups water
Put the lemon peels, lavender, if using, and rum or vodka in a container and let stand for 4 weeks.
Strain the mixture into a decanter.
Serve in small aperitif glasses.
Store in the freezer for up to 1 year.