Orange Liqueur

Becky posted 11-17-99 8:02 PM pt (US)

Orange Liqueur
Yield: 1 quart

4 med Oranges
1 Vanilla bean
2 1/2 c Vodka
1 c Brandy
1 c Sugar syrup (see recipe)

Look for firm, heavy oranges which indicates lots of juice, and smooth-skinned ones free from soft spots and mold. Wash and peel oranges making sure to scrape all white rind from peels to avoid bitter flavor. Add to liquor and vanilla bean. Steep 2-3 weeks, strain and filter. Add sugar syrup and let age for 4 weeks.

The entire orange may also be used. Cut oranges into wedges and follow instructions.

Gives opportunity to use tangerines, tangelos, or manderin oranges.

Cognac or brandy may be used as base liquor and additional spices or extracts can be added.

Yield: 1 quart plus Container: Wide mouth 1/2 or 1 gallon jar

Source: RecipeLand

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