When Life Gives you Oranges, Make Arancello
We all started January with good intentions, but while mine included eating more fruit, I may have overestimated my enthusiasm for it. Yes, I’ve definitely eaten more fruit this month, but I’ve also bought far more than I needed.
So now I’m looking at a fruit bowl full of oranges, and wondering what to do with them…
… so, when life gives you oranges, make Arancello. This recipe can also be adapted for Limoncello by exchanging oranges for lemons. Both work well as digestifs or to add a twist on your favourite cocktail. This will produce about 1.5 litres of liqueur at about 20% ABV.
- 9 fresh oranges, scrubbed
- 750 ml bottle of vodka,
- 400 g sugar,
- 700 ml water.
- Since your oranges are likely waxed, we’ll need to scrub them to remove it.
- Using a sharp knife or peeler, peel the oranges taking only the zest and leaving the white pith. Place the zest in a suitably large Kilner jar.
- Top up with the vodka, and set aside in a cool dark place to infuse. The longer you leave it, the better. Anywhere between a few days and up to a month is fine.
- Once infused, make a sugar syrup by mixing the sugar and water and heating until the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool slightly.
- Strain the vodka from the zest, and mix with the sugar syrup. Bottle and refrigerate.
- Serve chilled.