And I made a fun little tag for the gifting so your friends know what to do with what you have created. Sometimes handing people a bottle of booze seems simple, but is actually a bit challenging for the receiver if they aren't familiar with it. Cin Cin!
1.5L decent vodka
2 cups sugar
3 cups water
Peel off the zest of the lemon using a vegetable peeler. Do not capture any of the white pith. If some comes off with the peel, scrape it off using the side of a spoon. Place zest in a large glass container and cover with vodka. Give it a good shake and place in a dark place for 2-3 days. Shake it regularly.
Strain out peels pushing out any extra oils or liquid after 3 days. In a microwave safe bowl, heat water to boiling (three minutes). Remove from microwave and quickly whisk in sugar until it's dissolved. Let cool and add to 'lemon juice.' Shake together vigorously.