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Fresh Orange Liqueur

Author/Submitted by: Gourmet Gifts by Dona Z. Meilach
Servings: 1
Categories: Alcoholic Beverages / Liqueur / Vodka

3  cups  vodka
3  whole  sweet oranges, cut into wedges
1/2    lemon
2    whole cloves
1  cup  basic sugar syrup*

*To make basic sugar syrup, combine 1 cup sugar with 1/2 cup water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat and stir until all the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is clear. Cool before using. Makes 1 cup. In a wide-mouth jar, pour the vodka over the oranges, lemon and cloves so that the vodka completely covers the fruit. Seal tightly and let sit in a cool, dark place for 10 days. Strain through a paper coffee filter and discard the solids. Add sugar syrup. With a funnel, pour the liqueur into gift bottles and close tightly with corks or screw-on caps. Let sit for 3 to 4 weeks before using. Note: The prep time does not include the 5 1/2 weeks necessary for the liqueur to steep and mature.

Since oranges are available all year, you can keep batches of orange liqueur on the shelf as gifts for any occasion. Reprinted in The Sacramento Bee October 1, 1997. Formatted by C. Walden (and very nicely done, too!)

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