You may make this throughout the year with oranges available in the market, but there are times of year when oranges become a bit more sweet, usually the winter months.

Optionally, you could try this with blood oranges yielding a most interesting color and flavor.

If using navel oranges, once cut be sure to remove the navel section and any pith from the center of the orange as these will give a very bitter flavor to the liqueur that no amount of sugar will repair.

Fresh Orange Liqueur
 
Fresh oranges are the foundation of this delicious liqueur that is nothing like its cousins the French orange liqueurs. It has a bright, sunshine flavor that is sweet and luxurious.
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Recipe type: Liqueurs
Serves: 1 bottle
Ingredients
  • 3 Cups vodka
  • 3 whole sweet oranges, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 Cup basic sugar syrup*
Instructions
  1. *To make basic sugar syrup, combine 1 Cup sugar with 1/2 Cup water in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat and stir until all the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is clear. Cool before using.
  3. Makes 1 Cup.
  4. In a wide – mouth jar, pour the vodka over the oranges, lemon and cloves so that the vodka completely covers the fruit.
  5. Seal tightly and let sit in a cool, dark place for 10 days.
  6. Strain through a paper coffee filter and discard the solids.
  7. Add sugar syrup.
  8. With a funnel, pour the liqueur into gift bottles and close tightly with corks or screw – on caps.
  9. Let sit for 3 to 4 weeks before using.
Notes
The prep time does not include the 5 1/2 weeks necessary for the liqueur to steep and mature. Since oranges are available all year, you can keep batches of orange liqueur on the shelf as gifts for any occasion.

 

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