I hate throwing away my lulav and etrog. It always seems so wasteful and sad. Almost an acknowledgement that fall is over and winter is coming. Of course, because the holidays are so early this year, we still had Thanksgiving to look forward to. Still, it’s been cold and I needed something to warm me up! This year, I tried to save or use everything I could.

The palm didn’t change at all and I was able to put that in a vase. The myrtle dried pretty well and I used it to work on a revision of my Sukkot art for next year. The willow, alas, had to be thrown out, and I had no idea what to do with the woven holder so that was also tossed.

I’ve tried making etrog jam before and it was an enormous failure. It turned into rock candy and my husband had to use a chisel to get it out of the jar. This year, I decided to make etrog-cello, which worked really well! I followed a lemoncello recipe but modified it since I only had 1 etrog and 3/4 cups of vodka. This turned out to be a fine ratio and I was really pleased with the result.

The only strange thing is that it acted normally the first few weeks in the freezer. However, when I took it out to take a final picture for this post, it had partially frozen! Hmm… not sure what’s happening there.


  • 1 etrog
  • 3/4 cups vodka
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cups sugar


  1. Peel the etrog and put the peels in the vodka. Let it sit on your counter for a week. I was careful to always use glass containers.
  2. After the week is up, make your simple syrup by boiling the water and sugar together.
  3. Remove the peels from your vodka and add the simple syrup.
  4. Put in your freezer and drink when cold.
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