This tangerine or orange liqueur recipe is a fun way to use seasonal citrus, and it’s easy to make. Really, you can make any kind of citrus liqueur — grapefruit, tangello, lime — depending on what you have readily available.
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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.
Making the tangerine or orange liqueur recipe
This recipe calls for fresh tangerines or oranges. Juice the fruit, but retain some of the peels, as you’ll use those to give the homemade liqueur an stronger citrus flavor. Don’t use the white pith, as that will impart a bitterness. Use a spoon to remove that, keeping just the colorful outer part of the fruit to make this tangerine or orange liqueur recipe.
When your tangerine liqueur — or orange liqueur recipe — is ready, strain it to remove the skins and particles. Store it in a sealed jar in a cool, dry place.
Booze may not be at the top of your list (or mine) of must-haves for living a more self-sufficient lifestyle, but it’s kind of a fun diversion, yes?
Giving tangerine liqueur as gifts
Once made, this orange liqueur will need at least a month tucked in an out-or-the-way place to let the flavors get happy. Planning to give this as a gift for the holidays? Make sure you allot enough time for that.
Package strained tangerine liqueur in pretty bottles and tie on a tag. You might even consider adding a recipe or two for using this homemade liqueur and a couple of nice cocktail glasses.
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Homemade triple sec from tangerines
This homemade tangerine or orange liqueur is easy to make and a fun way to use seasonal citrus.
- 2 cups tangerine juice (about 15 tangerines)
- 3 cups granulated organic cane 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.
Makes about 5 pints.