Take some Gentleman Jack Whiskey (or your favorite) some orange zest and a little time and you have amazing orange whiskey!
This orange infused whiskey gives every cocktail a hint of citrus!
We are big on infusing liquor at this house. I like to call it my hobby.
They are such an easy way to turn any simple cocktail into a craft cocktail. Time usually does most of the work for you.
Like this orange infused whiskey. With a little bit of work at the beginning, after just a couple of weeks you have this lovely orange whiskey.
It makes your whiskey cocktail just a little bit better.
Whiskey - use your favorite, we used Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack.
Oranges - since you are using the zest, try and find organic oranges. If you can't just be sure and scrub your oranges well before using.
Sugar and water - you can optionally make a simple syrup if you want the whiskey a little sweeter. (I didn't)
Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest from 2 oranges. Try not to get any of the pith (the white part) on the strips.
Place the orange zest in a mason jar.
Pour over the whiskey.
Note - I used a ratio of 2 oranges to 1 ½ cups of whiskey. If you want a stronger orange flavor you can use 4 oranges or let it age longer.
Store the whiskey in a cook dark place (I used a shelf in my pantry.) You can shake it every so often if you remember.
Begin tasting the whiskey at 1 week. Let it age until it reaches the desired strength.
I let mine age 2 weeks. It has a subtle orange flavor. If you want a stronger orange flavor, let it age longer.
When the desired orange flavor is reached, strain out the orange zest.
Optional - at this point you can make a simple syrup of ½ cup sugar and ¼ cup of water, by heating the water and sugar over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Let it cool and then add it to the whiskey.
I chose not to add a simple syrup, I already have a recipe for Orange Liqueur and I wasn't looking for another sweetened orange infusion.
Pour your orange flavored whiskey into a jar or bottle.
I like to keep mine in mason jars, makes for easy and inexpensive storage! If you are giving this as a gift, use a nice bottle, if you'd like.
Take your delightful orange whiskey and store it with all your other infusions and liqueurs.
Yes, that Ginger Whiskey is a hint for what's coming next!
Use this orange whiskey in any of your whiskey cocktails! It adds a soft, subtle orange flavor.
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- 2 oranges organic preferred
- 1 ½ cups whiskey
- Peel the zest off of the oranges, trying not get any of the white part (the pith.)
- Place the zest in a mason jar and pour over the whiskey.
- Put a lid on it and store it in a cool, dark place, shaking it occasionally.
- Begin tasting at 1 week until desired strength is reached.
- Strain out the peels and store the whiskey in a jar or bottle (see notes for optional step.)
- Will keep indefinitely, but for best flavor use within a year.