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.
- 3 Cups vodka
- 3 whole sweet oranges, cut into wedges
- 1/2 lemon
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 Cup basic sugar syrup*
- *To make basic sugar syrup, combine 1 Cup sugar with 1/2 Cup water in a saucepan.
- Bring to a boil over high heat and stir until all the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is clear. Cool before using.
- Makes 1 Cup.
- In a wide – mouth jar, pour the vodka over the oranges, lemon and cloves so that the vodka completely covers the fruit.
- Seal tightly and let sit in a cool, dark place for 10 days.
- Strain through a paper coffee filter and discard the solids.
- Add sugar syrup.
- With a funnel, pour the liqueur into gift bottles and close tightly with corks or screw – on caps.
- Let sit for 3 to 4 weeks before using.