Every year I am gifted a very large quantity of oranges from my family. My uncle, who has since passed away, had been giving me oranges from his orange tree, they are small oranges, but the juiciest oranges I have ever had. My kids get so excited for orange season. Luckily my cousins have continued with this gifting.
Now with the abundance of oranges I always like to think of new things I can make with them, and as I love limoncello, I tried orangecello and then I came across this version that uses the whole orange, zest and juice.
We really enjoyed this, so much so I made a few bottles of it, so I can sip on it on my deck in the afternoon sun. It has got a lovely orange flavour.
If you use 'normal' oranges you will get an orange colour to your cocktail, as pictured. If using blood oranges, you get a beautiful red coloured cocktail.
This is something new to my household, but I know I'll be making this for many years to come.
2 cups vodka
5 large navel or blood oranges
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
If using store bought oranges, before you begin you'll want to scrub the oranges to remove any wax on the skin. Place the oranges in a bowl of boiling water, leave for a couple of minutes and then scrub with a brush to remove any wax before rinsing under cold water. Dry the oranges and carefully remove the skin, using a vegetable peeler, removing most of the pith. Add the orange peels to a large jar along with the vodka and cover and place in a cool dark place for 48 hours.
Juice the oranges and place in a medium sized saucepan along with the sugar and water. Stir to dissolve and then place over a high heat and bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, for 3 minutes, or until the mixture thickens slightly and set aside to cool.
Strain the vodka to remove the peel and discard the peel. Combine the vodka and syrup and pour into sterilised bottles. Refrigerate until cold.
Serve as is or mixed with soda water.
Pin it: www.pinterest.com.au/pin/399413060705753394