Total Time:
40 min
30 min
10 min

6 cups

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

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!
    Ok, I haven't tried this yet but have a question. Could this be substituted for Cointreau in a margarita?
    Any recipe from Giada is bound to be great. You can use the same recipe for lemoncello. Just substitute oranges with lemons.
    Turned out well, but I need to figure out what to mix it with...too strong for me all on its own.
    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!
    Try it over ice - perfect. Definitely a "sipper" but a delicious one! 
    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.
    This recipe is delicius, I usualy don`t drink but this one it`s really good! 
    Enjoy it!!
    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.
    You ate the orange peel??
    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!
    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.
    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.
    Love this recipe. Have made Giadas's Limoncello recipe as well and love them both. Easy to make, and a very nice gift for your friends and family as well as yourself.
    I have made this for the past 2 years and gift it madson jars for christmas.Everyone asks for the recipe. It is very easy to make large amounts so I can have lots of jars. Just add cookies and mini breads an amazing inexpensive personal touch gift.
    A few suggestions for those who want to improve upon this recipe or make it their own. I had read about a similar recipe where the orange zest was oven dried first, so I tried that, and it made for a different but great taste. Try taking some or all of your zest and drying it in your oven at a low setting (150-200 F for about an hour. Some of the sugars in the peel will caramelize and the flavor will become more complex. Also, try using a small touch of cinnamon, and finally try neutral grain spirits as they have less characteristic flavor than vodka, just dilute with water after aging.  
    My daughter, my niece myself love this. Today is the second batch. Thank you
    Trouble peeling? Make sure to use a sharp vegetable peeler, a dull one digs into the pith.Some oranges are soft and hard to peel, buy extras to replace the difficult ones. Make sure to use 100 proof vodka or Ever Clear alcohol. I think this smells wonderful, my husband liked it better than limoncello. Of course he doesn't like lemons like I do.I steep for several weeks, I think you get a nicer product.
    This was excellent! My grocery store did not have organic oranges, so I just bought a bag of regular oranges and used 8 instead of 7; but I made sure I washed them well. The recipe says to steep the peels for 4 days, but I had the extra time so I steeped them for 12, however there wasn't much difference in the color of the vodka from day 4 to day 12, so I don't know how much difference it made. The simple syrup was easy to make and add. The following day I strained it through cheesecloth and then chilled it for a few hours. Voila, a wonderful, tasteful and worth-the-effort drink!
    Let's be nice - a fine quality in every good chef. Perhaps if you use a really good vodka, like Grey Goose, you'd find what the rest of us have found: this is a tasty orangecello. If you still dislike the flavor, stay with the traditional lemoncello made the old fashioned way...
    Don't understand why people post 5 star reviews when they haven't even tried the recipe .. how many times have they seen something that looked or sounded good but simply didn't work out as described .. at least give it a chance before rating
    I don't understand why someone gives this recipe a one star review with no reason for it other than to complain about other reviews that are just as worthless as this one.
    Good so far. Just started the oranges "brewing". I am hopeful the all the work is going to be worth it. It took the better part of an hour to prepare the orange rinds; quite labor intensive. All in all, what's important is the flavor.
    This is fun to make and delicious. I plan on making a batch to put in pretty little bottles for Christmas gifts this year. It's pretty too. Try with Emeril's martini....
    As always, another amazing recipe from Giada! This was well worth the wait while the vodka and oranges "brewed."
    I haven't made it yet, however I know I'll love it! Oranges, vodka, today I saw the episode she made it on and just had to look it up. I can't wait, I'm going to serve this for Thanksgiving!
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