Homemade Orange Liqueur

Infused with cinnamon, coriander and orange peel, this Homemade Orange Liqueur is the perfect start for many cocktails. For an easy and refreshing libation, add 1 to 2 ounces orange liqueur and a few orange slices to a glass, then top with ice and sparkling water.


INGREDIENTS

Peel of 5 to 6 oranges, such as 1 regular orange and 4 to 5 clementines or mandarins
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp. coriander seeds
2 1/2 cups of vodka
2 cups sugar
2 cups water


PREPARATION

Add orange peels, cinnamon sticks, coriander seeds and vodka to a mason jar. Seal and let steep for 2 days in cool place.

Strain vodka through fine mesh strainer to remove peel and spices. Set aside.

Heat water and sugar until sugar just dissolves. Let cool completely. Add this simple syrup to the vodka mixture. Stir to combine.

Using a funnel, pour liqeuer into a bottle. Add cork and seal. Let the liqueur sit for at least two weeks and then 1 week in the fridge. Keep refrigerated and serve cold.



Yield: 4 1/2 cups.