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While I was home for the county fair, I was reminded of a staple cocktail in my home area. I can remember watching people shaking jar fulls of lemons, sugar, ice, and vodka until the sweet, sweet nectar of the yucca drink was ready. I have no idea why the large batch vodka drink is called yuccas, but honestly, this stuff is so good and so strong who cares what they call it.
Let me start by saying this is a large batch vodka drink. I do not have advice on how to make this in a small amount. First of all, who would want just a small batch? You will want more than just one glass of this concoction. Second, if you are going to go through the effort, just make a bunch of it.
The key to success is a very large jar. Lots of people use the gallon pickle jars. I would recommend not using a jar with a spicket in it. It will inevitably leak during the shaking process. Just buy a large mason jar. A large four liter or gallon jar is perfect for this recipe.
The ingredients are really just lemons and a few limes, sugar, vodka, and ice. Literally, that is all. So, if you are looking for that party drink for the lake or a holiday weekend that will get you and your friends buzzing fast, this is the drink for you. I should really put a disclaimer on this recipe. It will make you drunk fast.
Start by slicing up two pounds of lemons and putting half of them in the bottom of the large jar. I sliced up four limes and put two of them on the bottom as well. Then, pack the jar almost full with ice and add the remaining lemons and limes. Pour the sugar over top of the lemons and limes.
Once it is full, but not full to the brim, it is time to start shaking. Finally. This is a serious job. You are trying to dissolve sugar in ice cold liquid. Be ready to shake and call in reinforcements.
I know you are probably thinking, how long does this take. Well, it depends doesn’t work for an answer, so I would just say an hour. Plan on it taking an hour to be ready to drink. Now that does not mean we shook it for an hour. We would set the yucca drink jar down and let it rest and come on back to it.
I do not filter it. I just make it and put a large, long ladle into the jar. Serve it with sliced lemons and limes from the jar as garnish.
Yucca – Large Batch Vodka Drink Recipe
- 2 pounds lemons, sliced
- 4 whole limes, sliced
- 2.5 cups sugar
- 3 cups ice
- 750 ml vodka A fifth sized bottle
- Place half the sliced lemons and limes in the bottom of a large gallon jar.
- Pack the jar almost full of ice. Put the remaining lemon and limes over the ice. Pour sugar over top.
- Fill the jar with the vodka.
- Place a lid on the jar and shake the jar to dissolve all the sugar. This could take up to an hour.
- Serve with a large ladle.
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