Makes about 2 quarts
5 medium naval oranges, washed and dried
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 quarts vodka
Zest of 1 lemon
One 6-inch cinnamon stick (or two 3-inch sticks)
12 whole cloves
2 allspice berries
With a wooden skewer, poke holes all over each orange. Place the oranges in a clean wide-mouth gallon-size jar and add the sugar and vodka. Cap the jar and shake well to dissolve the sugar. Add all the remaining ingredients and shake the jar again.
Store in a cool place, shaking the jar every few weeks, for at least 8 months or up to 1 year.
When ready to use, pour the liqueur into a cheesecloth-lined strainer set over a deep bowl. Squeeze each whole orange over the strainer. Discard the oranges, cinnamon stick, lemon zest, cloves, and allspice. Pour the liqueur into decorative bottles and cap them.
Note: Substitute 8 lemons for oranges to make lemon liqueur.
This recipe is from CELEBRATIONS ITALIAN style by Mary Ann Esposito, published by William Morrow and Company, Inc., in 1995.
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