Scrub the citrus in cold water, and if using store-bought fruit, rinse it in very hot water to remove all traces of wax. Cut a round slice off of both ends of the grapefruit and set the rounds aside.
Slice the citrus into rounds.
Kevin West wrote this recipe to be divided between two 5 quart Fido jars, but we had several 2 and 3 liter Le Parfait jars on hand, and so we used those. Using two 5 quart jars makes the math easier, though... Divide the sugar measure proportionally between the jars you are using, and add a split vanilla bean to each.
Layer the grapefruit slices and the lemon and lime slices, alternating between colors and pressing down as you go. If you are using chamomile branches, you can add them at the end, but if using loosely measured chamomile, add it near the bottom of the jar and layer citrus rounds over it, to prevent the herb from floating at the top of the jar. Use the reserved end caps of the grapefruit, peel side up, as the top layer.
Divide the vodka between the jars, and cover the remainder of the fruit with wine. You may have another bottle of wine left over, which you can use to top off the jar as the liquid settles. (Very densely packed citrus may take a while to settle all the air bubbles out.)
Seal the jars and invert them a time or two to eliminate air pockets. The sugar will dissolve slowly over time. Agitate them once a day for the first week. At the end of the first week, top off each jar from the reserved bottle of wine. Over the next month, check on the jars and agitate them every few days. Once a week, top them off with wine, if necessary.
After 30 days, unseal the jars and strain the contents through a colander to capture the liquid in a bowl. Allow to drip for an hour, then gently press to extract more liquid. The fruit can be saved to make a delicious marmalade (recipe coming soon!)
Allow the juice to settle, overnight if possible, and then pour it through a few layers of dampened cheesecloth or a jelly straining bag to leave the sediment behind.
Transfer the strained juice to clean bottles, and store in the refrigerator for up to three months.
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