Buddha Hand Vodka!


So after my first attempt to make Cranberry Vodka went so well, I figured I could just apply the same principle to practically any infused liquor. I mean, really we’re talking liquor, fruit and sometimes a little sugar. Next summer I’m all about the berry vodkas, cherry bourbon..I can just go on and on. But with my Buddha Hand in, er, hand, courtesy of my Foodie Penpal, Andra, I was read to make some citrus vodka.

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Buddha Hand Vodka (Makes 2 Bottles)

  • 1 large Buddha Hand
  • 1.5 l vodka
  • 4 tbsp sugar, divided
  • 2 750ml bottles

Slice your Buddha hand fingers into thin strips and insert into bottle. I used the equivalent of 4-5 fingers per bottle.

Buddha (1)

Add 2 tbsp sugar to each bottle then slowly pour in the vodka.

Buddha (2)

Let vodka infuse for at least 4 weeks, shaking every few days so sugar blends, before serving as part of your favorite cocktail.

Now for the sad part of my blog post. As I mentioned, I received my Buddha Hand from my FABULOUS Foodie Penpal Andra over at Counting the Freckles. After getting over my quick WTF reaction, I was excited to make everything and anything possible with this creepy piece of citrus. The vodka was a given and I was a bit sad when it took up most of my fruit. I did make a basic vinaigrette with some of the left over zest, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and spices. Once I learned I could buy another Buddha hand at the Park Slope Food Coop, I was THRILLED! Until I saw the price. Almost $7 for a piece about a third the size of what I had. That coupled with the fact that it was California, I had to pass.


BUT just because I can’t get another Buddha Hand doesn’t mean you lucky folks from Cali and Florida can’t! Here’s a few recipes I’ll maybe get to try one day.

Ginger Cupcakes with Lemon Buddha Hand Frosting from All About Chantelle

Buddha Hand Shortbread Cookies from In Erica’s Kitchen

Buddha Hand Dressing & Arugula Prosciutto Salad from White on Rice Couple


19 comments on “Buddha Hand Vodka!

  1. Ryan N. says:

    What the heck is it? A weird lemon?

  2. laceyjbrown says:

    Yikes expensive! Funnily, I lived in CA for 29 years and never saw this! So weird. Glad you got to use it though. It’s always fun trying new things. 🙂

    • I’m not sure if they’re native to Cali, I got it from my Foodie Penpal in South Florida. But the ones at my coop said CA. I would assume you could find them most places that have citrus, but yeah, crazy expensive.

  3. Alicia says:

    I need to try this too! I have never tried buddhas hand. I saw them at the Asian grocer last winter, and I think they were reasonably priced there. Not sure though…

  4. I would love to try this! Thank you for linking to my blog too!

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  6. Vodka says:

    I read your post but still have no idea what this is haha… perhaps I’ll try it one day and let you know my observations:) Thanks! Mark

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