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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Comments

  1. says

    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).

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

    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 :)

  4. says

    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!

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