The Buddha's hand may look like a lemon with fingers, but unlike a conventional lemon it has no juice, seeds or pulp—it's all rind, which has a pleasing lemon-blossom aroma. In China, the fruit symbolizes long life and happiness; in Japan it's a traditional good luck gift for the New Year. This recipe makes a sunny-hued cordial for the cocktail, which can also be added to club soda for a DIY limonata.

EatingWell Magazine, December 2021

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Credit: Jacob Fox

Recipe Summary

active:
10 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
1
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Ingredients

Cordial
Cocktail

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare cordial: Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then stir in Buddha's hand (or lemon) peel. Adjust heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Strain (reserve candied peel for garnish, if desired) and let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

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  • To prepare 1 cocktail: Combine vodka (or gin), vermouth and 3/4 ounce of the cordial in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with strips of candied or fresh Buddha's hand (or lemon) peel, if desired.

To make ahead

Refrigerate cordial for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

1 cocktail
199 calories; sodium 3mg; carbohydrates 10g; sugars 10g; potassium 1mg.
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