Friday, December 3, 2010

Orange Liqueur

Orange Liqueur

Well, last Friday was Cranberry Liqueur and this Friday is Orange Liqueur!  You know what they say…one can never have too much liqueur.  Wait.  They don’t say that?  Well they should.

Like the squirrels, I have been putting away for winter.  Unlike the squirrels, I have lots more options than just nuts and seeds.  As I contemplate winter, I envision myself sitting in front of the fire, a steamy mug of something laced with a little something.  What better to lace a steaming mug of something than some homemade fruity liqueur?

So, I turned to one of my favorite, putting things up book,Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It: And Other Cooking Projectsby Karen Solomon.  This orange liqueur caught my eye.  Unlike my cranberry, it is a two step process, but since time does all the work, I’m there! 

Orange-Flavored Vodka

  • 1 quart inexpensive vodka
  • 4 sweet oranges, like navel (organic preferably)

Pour the vodka into a clean jar with a tight fitting lid.   Wash the oranges and slice them into 4 to 6 pieces and submerge them in the vodka.  Store in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks, shaking it once a day.

Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve or a cheesecloth.  Return the vodka to a jar, and put it back in it’s cool, dark place to age for 3 weeks to mature the flavor.

Orange Liqueur

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups orange-flavored vodka

Make the simple syrup by combining the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.  Cool completely.

Pour the vodka into a jar, start by adding 3/4 cup of the simple syrup and taste.  Add more if you want it sweeter, but it will get sweeter as it ages.  Label it, cover tightly and stor in a cook dark place for 6 weeks. 

 

 

This will be my entry for Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum!

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29 comments:

Peter M said...

An excellent recipe...everybody needs this in their liquor stock.

Joanne said...

Maybe that's what I need in my kitchen. A wall dedicated to various liqueurs. I think that would be so pretty.

Kim said...

One can never have too much liqueur - they do say that, or at least I say that! I'm not sure how I missed your cranberry liqueur (I have a batch put up in my pantry too). Love the homemade orange liqueur. It would be good in some hot chocolate (for breakfast right now, because it's one of those mornings).

Barbara said...

I love what you're making Pam. I've only done cranberry. Trying this next....

Bella Rum said...

Someone is going to have fun this winter.

Kirsten said...

We make raspberry vodka every year. It’s a family recipe that my in-laws have been making for years. It is easy to do and so well worth the wait.

La Table De Nana said...

You are going to have quite the bar:)
So pretty too~

girlichef said...

Yay, one of my favorite books, too! This sounds awesome...I need some. NOW. ;D

food for thought said...

you were smarter then me, i made mine with zest only, yours looks easier~

i made 3 flavors this fall, let me say they are delish in a cup of tea for a nightcap :)

Lyndsey said...

I love these recipes of yours. You are too funny...you can never have enough liqueur!

It is pretty!

Quay Po Cooks said...

Making your own liqueur is soo cool!

A Year on the Grill said...

begs the question... Does this taste and more importantly cook like Cointreau???

shabby girl said...

OOO, yummy! Let's face it, it's going to be a long winter. Us squirrels have to be prepared!

Marjie said...

I am so glad that you have more food storage options than squirrels! Where else would we get inspiration?

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love oranges so I knowe I'd love orange flavored voodka! Thanks--the recipe looks easy to so!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Great idea Pam. And it's so pretty too.
Sam

Jennifurla said...

Oh how cool, this would be neat for parties too as you could do different fruits like limes & lemons!

Chanel11 said...

I think the orange liqueur would be gorgeous on a wintry evening by the fireplace

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

This is another friday's favorite for sure~~
'Orange' you glad you can make whatever flavor you want?

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

It looks so beautiful!

Lea Ann said...

Well doesn't that look pretty! I made limoncello last winter, I do believe I've got to give this a try.

Chris said...

That makes my 1/2 pint of triple sec look.....well "half pint".

Debinhawaii said...

Beautiful--and such a nice gift too--especially a bottle of each the cranberry and the orange. ;-)

Aurelia said...

Lol yes they definitely should say that! Thanks for this recipe, the one last week had me geared up to make some and this one does too :)

grace said...

no, no--i can testify that one can, in fact, have too much liqueur. however, this is great. :)

The Turnbulls said...

I am so going to make this. I've got my oranges...I've got my VODKA...consider it done!

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Oh, I'm totally bookmarking this one - that looks and sounds amazing. Can't wait to try :-)
Sue

The Turnbulls said...

Okay, I've got the first part done.
Question: Why do you have to wait three more weeks for the flavour to mature after the oranges are removed? Without the oranges~does the flavour continue to change? As you can see patience is a problem of mine...
Thanks!

Rowena said...

I did this and so far, really happy with it. I let the oranges sit for 2 weeks, but after that, I got impatient, so when I made the simple syrup I added orange peels to give it a little extra orange oomph. Then I candied the orange peels. Yum. Blogged about it here, http://warriorgirl.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-make-your-own-orange-liqueur-and.html# with a link to you, and pinned you on pinterest, too.