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Hard Lemonade


Serves 5
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
8 cups ice
4 ounces vanilla-infused vodka, recipe follows* or vanilla vodka
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 lemon, sliced into rings
Mint for garnish

In a small saucepan, bring water and sugar to a simmer. Cook until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool.
In a large pitcher, fill with ice. Stir in sugar water (simple syrup), vodka, juice, and lemon slices. Garnish with mint.

Vanilla-infused Vodka:
1 liter vodka
2 vanilla beans

Split beans lengthwise and add to vodka bottle. Let infuse overnight in a cool dark place. Strain into another sterilized bottle.