I’ve mentioned already that we’ve got an abundance (and then some) of tangerines at our disposal. I’ve made Tangerine-Ginger Jam. I’ve made Tangerine Syrup. Now I’m even getting boozy on you. When I spotted this recipe for homemade triple sec made from Cara Cara oranges, I had to try my hand at a slightly different version featuring our ever-plentiful tangerines.
Tangerine Triple Sec
makes 5 pints
2 cups tangerine juice (about 15 tangerines)
4 cups sugar
1 cup water
750 ml bottle of vodka
Peel and juice tangerines, reserving the peels from four tangerines. Use a spoon to scrape the white pith from the inside of the tangerine peel; discard. Slice the remaining peel into 1/8″ strips and divide between five pint sized jars. In a large saucepan, combine sugar and water; heat until sugar is dissolved. Stir in tangerine juice. Simmer for five minutes and then allow to cool to room temperature. Pour in entire bottle of vodka, then divide liquid between the jars. Screw on caps, set the jars in a cool dark place, and forget about them for a month. Once your month of waiting is up, strain out the tangerine peels and you’re ready to mix a drink.
While I’ve yet to mix up a margarita, a little sip of the sec gets two thumbs up. Booze may not be on your list (or mine) of must haves for living a more self-sufficient lifestyle, but it’s kind of a fun diversion, yes?