This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.
Homemade Orange Liqueur is easy to make and essential for a variety of cocktails and adds something special to special to recipes.
Be sure to keep scrolling past the recipe to get some Spring Sweets Week deliciousness including more recipes and a giveaway.
Homemade liqueurs are simple to make with a few basic ingredients: alcohol (usually vodka, brandy or rum), sugar and flavoring (fruit, herbs, spices, coffee, chocolate, aromatics, etc.).
To make them you infuse the alcohol with the flavoring for days or weeks. Then strain and add a simple syrup. The longer it sits the more water evaporates resulting in a sweeter, stronger, thicker drink.
How to Use Homemade Orange Liqueur
Homemade Orange Liqueur can be enjoyed straight, or chilled for an aperitif.
Or you can use it to enhance dessert recipes such as this Whipped Orange Butter and Crepes, the Blood Orange Dutch Baby (coming tomorrow), pour it over cake (like this orange cake) or vanilla ice cream.
Variations of Orange Liqueur
Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Triple Sec, Curaçao ... a rose by any other name tastes like oranges. Or something like that.
There are many brands of orange liqueur with slightly different flavor profiles. You can adapt your homemade version to mimic one of those, or create your own flavor variation.
Some are brandy based while others have a neutral grain alcohol base. For a homemade version:
- vodka will give a purer orange taste
- brandy will make it a bit mellower and sweeter with notes of vanilla
- rum will be drier (less sweet) with notes of caramel
The oranges can be bitter or sweet, or a combination of both. Blood orange peels will add a deeper slightly reddish color.
You can add different spices or other aromatics such as:
- star anise
- vanilla bean
Melissa's Produce and Selefina Spices
For this recipe I used some beautiful blood oranges from Melissa's Produce. I enjoyed the juicy flavorful oranges in another recipe and saved the peel for this.
I also added cinnamon from Selefina Spices. The sticks would be best, but if all you have is ground you can use that and filter the mixture through a coffee filter.
Homemade Orange Liqueur
- 2-3 oranges (blood, navel, cara cara, etc.)
- 1 stick cinnamon, broken (see notes for alternatives)
- 2 cups vodka (or rum or brandy or combination)
- 2 cups sugar
- 1½ cup water
- Remove zest from oranges (orange part only, no white). Use oranges in another recipe.
- Put orange zest, cinnamon stick and vodka in a sterilized quart sized mason jar or other glass container and cover.
- Let sit in a cool dark place 3-4 weeks.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, dissolve sugar in the water to make a simple syrup.
- Strain the orange peels and cinnamon sticks from the vodka. Combine with the simple syrup and return to jar. Close lid and let sit another few days before enjoying.
- 4-5 whole cloves
- 2 star anise pods
- 1 teaspoon bitter orange peel
- ½ vanilla bean
- 2" stick lemongrass (smashed slightly)
Spring Sweets Week Recipes & Giveaway
Welcome to #SpringSweetsWeek 2023 hosted by Heather from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks!
The sun is shining, the weather is getting warmer, and we are celebrating the beginning of spring with plenty of spring sweets and a fun giveaway!
This year 20 food bloggers from around the country are sharing over 75 sweet recipes that are perfect for spring. So get ready to enjoy amazing spring treats like cupcakes, cookies, pies, jams, and even a few beverages!
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