How to make Homemade Orangecello! This beautiful liquor makes a fabulous gift when put in a pretty bottle but save some for the cook!
Oh pretty little glass of boozy deliciousness!
…. her BFF is Lemoncello and I love them both equally! I suppose you could ‘cello’ about any fruit? (see how cool I am…I just call it ‘cello now..thats how close we are – me and my ‘cello…mmmmm). Limecello would be divine!
Basically, if you can skin fruit and pour vodka in a jar, you can make some homemade ‘cello…..oh, and boil water…you have to be able to boil water…for the simple syrup…which also requires measuring sugar.
So lets recap: If you can peel fruit, boil water and measure – then you can make ‘cello…
NOTE: Add the simple syrup to your taste….this is the part I like best…you have to taste it to see if it’s juuuussssstttt right! and mine was just right…like really was! I tasted it lots though….just to be sure. I like the boozy flavor so I use half a batch of the simple syrup. But if you want sweeter with less alcohol (then I probably don’t know you)…but if you do, then add the whole batch of syrup…(just don’t call me, because we are not friends.)
- 7 medium navel oranges
- 1 bottle vodka 750ml
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from the oranges being careful to get only the rind and not the white pith which can be bitter. (Save the oranges for another use.) . Put the orange peels in a 2-quart pitcher. Pour the vodka over the peels and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to steep the orange peels in the vodka for a minimum of one week at room temp. (the longer the better!) Give the jar a shake every few days.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the water and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool, about 20 minutes.
- Strain the vodka mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a container or pitcher and discard the peels. Pour half of the simple syrup over the vodka and taste. More syrup or less? It's a personal preference. I prefer only about 3/4 of the syup but that may be too boozy for you. Transfer to bottles and chill well before serving!