Clementine (or Orange) Flavored Vodka and Liqueur As shared from the kitchen of Once Upon a Plate
Makes about 1 quart
This recipe is based on one from the cookbook Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It: And Other Cooking Projects by Karen Solomon.
Karen's recipe uses oranges, but I used Clementines ~ and I also suggest a couple of optional ingredients for the liqueur recipe.
You may enjoy the flavored vodka, or take it a step further by adding a simple syrup and allowing it to age into a delightful liqueur.
Clementine (or Orange)-Flavored Vodka
1 quart inexpensive vodka
5 or 6 sweet Clementines, or 4 sweet oranges (Navel or Valencia) Organic if possible
1 large jar with tight fitting lid
Wash and dry jar and lid. Wash fruit and cut each into 4 to 6 slices. Place fruit in the jar and pour vodka over. Tighten lid and store in a cool, dark place for two weeks, shaking the jar once a day. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve or a cheesecloth. Return the vodka to a jar, and put it back in it’s cool, dark place to age for 3 weeks to mature the flavor.
Clementine (or Orange) Liqueur
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
4 cups clementine (or orange)-flavored vodka from recipe above.
Optional: 1/4 cup Mandarin flavored Vodka, 1/4 cup Grand Marnier or other Orange liqueur
To make simple syrup : In a saucepan combine sugar and water, place over medium heat, until the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, set aside to cool completely.
Pour the flavored vodka into a jar, add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of the simple syrup (and optional ingredients if using), taste. If you prefer a sweeter liqueur add more of the simple syrup to taste. Secure lid tightly, label jar and store in a cool, dark place for 4 to 6 weeks.
(If you can wait that long!)
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