I do enjoy a bit of experimentation in the kitchen when it comes to making my own flavoured spirits and liqueurs. Last year I tried Cranberry and Vanilla Christmas Vodka, and my own version of Coffee Liqueur. I was also lucky enough to receive a gift of homemade Sloe Gin from some lovely friends.
Homemade liqueurs are great, as you know exactly what went into them, and all the flavours are natural. Whether served on their own or as part of a cocktail, they can be a real treat. They also make lovely gifts if you put them in nice bottles.
So this year, inspired by the Martini Diva, I made my own Orangecello.
- 12 juicy clementines
- 70cl bottle of New Amsterdam vodka
- 250g sugar
- 500ml water
Zest all of the clementines with a microplane (or small grater), being careful not to include any pith, and add the zest to a large Kilner jar (or similar). Add the vodka and seal, leaving for 1 week.
After a week, strain the zesty vodka into a bowl through a sieve lined with cheesecloth to get rid of all the zest. The liquid should be a nice pale orange colour.
Make a sugar syrup by boiling the sugar and water together until the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool and then add to the orange vodka. Leave to infuse for one week.
Pour into storage bottles, such as small Kilner bottles, if making into gifts.
You can serve the orangecello straight from the freezer in liqueur glasses (don’t leave it in the freezer for too long though, as it is only liqueur strength), or try adding it to Prosecco, or experimenting with your own cocktails.
However you enjoy your drink, remember to do so responsibly x