Orangecello

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
6 cups
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 7 medium navel oranges, preferably organic
  • 1 (750ml) bottle vodka
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
Directions

Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from the oranges in long strips (reserve the oranges for another use). Using a small sharp knife, trim away the white pith from the orange peels; discard the pith. Put the orange peels in a 2-quart pitcher or large glass bowl. Pour the vodka over the peels and cover with plastic wrap. Steep the orange peels in the vodka for 4 days at room temperature.

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. Pour the syrup over the vodka mixture. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight. Strain the orangecello through a mesh strainer. Discard the peels. Transfer the orangecello to bottles. Seal the bottles and refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours and up to 1 month.


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I made this with vanilla vodka first because I had it. Delicious! Like candy or an orange creamsicle! Second time I made with regular vodka and it's delicious too! I like it in a small glass over ice. Lovely! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ok, I haven't tried this yet but have a question. Could this be substituted for Cointreau in a margarita? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Any recipe from Giada is bound to be great. You can use the same recipe for lemoncello. Just substitute oranges with lemons. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Turned out well, but I need to figure out what to mix it with...too strong for me all on its own. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Use grain alcohol and leave the peels in the alcohol in a dark cool place for 2 weeks or until they turn white and brittle. Vodka gives it a "taste" that interferes with the orange flavor. It's supposed to be strong, not weak like orange Kool-Aid. It should be at least 90-100 proof. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is delicius, I usualy don`t drink but this one it`s really good! Enjoy it!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree with all of the reviews below! A fabulous after dinner drink. Refreshing and fabulous. I love lemoncello but love that this isn't a bit harsh. Very smooth and comforting! We used the leftover orange peels to make candied orange slices dipped in chocolate. A wonderful compliment to the orangecello. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love it! I really like lemoncello but like oranges more so this really suited my taste. Took it to a dinner party and everyone loved it and wanted the recipe. Perfect for an after dinner sweet! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A favorite for anyone who likes citrus. Delicious straight up, but I also use it to make an orange martini (orangecello, fresh oj, & cointreau that's extra smooth. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this a few weeks ago and it is already an evening tradition before a/o after dinner. Not too sweet and the sweetness perfectly balances the light bitterness of the zest. I've long been a fan of Campari and I still am--this is an awesome alternative to get that wonderful citrus zest flavor. I suspect we will finish this batch before too long so I may have to try lemoncello next or make both and compare. Thank you Giada for another awesome addition to how we enjoy dinnertime together. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I traditionally mix limoncello with a bot of cranberry and soda water. I'm sure the same would mix well with orangecello. Or you could try putting it into a margarita for a sweeter, less alcoholic drink. A friend suggested adding some fresh watermelon to it, which sounds delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Try it over ice - perfect. Definitely a "sipper" but a delicious one! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Did you make it using the vodka? If not, you shouldn't have rated it only two stars. Typically it should be made with grain alcohol but there's nothing wrong with using vodka for those who want it less harsh and intense. I'll probably try it both ways. item not reviewed by moderator and published
You ate the orange peel?? item not reviewed by moderator and published
You can make candied orange peels and eat them. Just be sure to use organic oranges and wash them very well. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published