Feb 21, 2017
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If you have been following Making it with Stephany for any length of time, you know that I am a big fan of yummy adult bevies and love mixing up new cocktails for the world to enjoy.

 

If you are new here: I’m a big fan of adult bevies.

I have a love affair with the Italian family of ‘Cello liqueurs.  I have made Blackberry Limoncello, Blood Orangecello, Ruby Red Grapefruitcello and Crema Limecello.  And guess what? Another winter means another ‘Cello recipe made with the abundant and plentiful winter citrus.

Welcome to the world, Vanilla Orangecello.  This ‘Cello tastes like dreams and Orange Julius, but with vodka.  It is as simple as my other liqueur recipes and has the same quick turnaround time, instead of waiting months to imbibe this tasty lil number, Vanilla Orangecello can be ready in about 3-4 days.  I went with organic oranges because their peels were going to be sitting in the vodka/simple syrup mixture and I wanted to keep it as chemical-free as I could.

 

Sure, I could have just made a basic Orangecello, but with the addition of the vanilla and the lemon and lime juice for a little complexity, it really isn’t your average Orangecello; it tastes sweet, warm, and lovely.  It also isn’t too acidic tasting like a traditional orange vodka combo, but fresh and easy to sip.

 

Vanilla Orangecello

1 750ml bottle of vodka, this time I went local with l’Etoile du Nord vodka

6 large organic oranges, peeled then juiced

juice from 1 lemon

juice from 2 limes

1 cup water

1 cups sugar

1/2 tsp of pure vanilla extract or 1/2 of vanilla bean cut and scraped

 

Make sure all oranges are scrubbed under hot water and soap with a brush.  Peel lemons with peeler carefully.  Try to only peel off the skin without removing the white pith underneath.  It is very bitter and will make the liqueur taste bitter as well.  Put peels in large glass container with the vodka.  Set aside.
Juice the oranges, lemon and limes.  You will get around 2 cups of juice.
Next, make the simple syrup.  Add 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar, vanilla, and the orange juice to a medium saucepan.  Place over a high heat and bring to a boil, stirring once in a while for 4-5 minutes.  Let syrup cool to room temperature and then add to the vodka.
Let mixture sit for AT LEAST 72 hours in a cool, dark place.  When you are ready to serve, strain out the orange peels and vanilla bean pod and store in the freezer.  Serve over ice, with soda or champagne. Makes around 4 cups.