Clementine (or Orange) - Flavored Vodka and Liqueur

Note:  GIVE AWAY detail at end of this post!

This recipe is based on one from the cookbook
 Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It: And Other Cooking Projects by Karen Solomon. 

Karen's recipe uses oranges, but I used Clementines ~ and I also suggest a couple of optional additional ingredients for the liqueur recipe. 

Coincidentally, my friend, Pam on her wonderful blog "Sidewalk Shoes" recently shared the same recipe.  I'm not surprised we were thinking along the same lines as we seem to have very similar taste when it comes to food.  If you're not familiar with Pam's blog I hope you'll go check it out.

Note:  The liqueur makes a great little hostess gift when poured into a pretty bottle and topped with a bow or wrapped in clear cellophane.

You may enjoy the flavored vodka in your favorite cocktail, or take it a step further by adding a simple syrup (as well as the optional Grand Marnier and Mandarin Vodka)  and allowing it to age into a delightful liqueur.

Clementine (or Orange)-Flavored Vodka

1 quart inexpensive vodka
5 or 6 sweet Clementines, or 4 sweet oranges (Navel or Valencia) Organic if possible
1 large jar with tight fitting lid

Wash and dry jar and lid.  Wash fruit and cut each into 4 to 6 slices. Place fruit in the jar and pour vodka over. Tighten lid and store in a cool, dark place for two weeks, shaking the jar once a day. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve or a cheesecloth.  Return the vodka to a jar, and put it back in it’s cool, dark place to age for 3 weeks to mellow the flavor.

Clementine (or Orange) Liqueur

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
4 cups clementine (or orange)-flavored vodka  from recipe above.

Optional:  1/4 cup Mandarin flavored Vodka,  1/4 cup Grand Marnier or other Orange liqueur

To make simple syrup :  In a saucepan combine sugar and water, place over medium heat, until the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat, set aside to cool completely.

Pour the flavored vodka into a jar, add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of the simple syrup (and optional ingredients if using), taste.  If you prefer a sweeter liqueur add more of the simple syrup to taste. Secure lid tightly, label jar and store in a cool, dark place for 4 to 6 weeks.

For a printer friendly copy of the recipe, please CLICK HERE to link to the  Once Upon a Plate  recipe blog.

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  1. This looks fabulous! I wish I had a jar right now!

  2. Those are gorgeous pictures. The clementines are such a pretty color!

  3. I love vodka infused with natural flavors - and I say that in the most non-alcoholic way possible! :) Sounds delicious! Wanna share?

  4. i have so many vodka bottles made for the holidays i look i must have a still in the garden... love the addition of grand marnier for an extra kick!

  5. Mari, This recipe is a real keeper! I just love to make homemade libations! What gorgeous images. I can almost smell and taste this yummy vodka and liqueur!
    I am certainly trying this. I have vodka, clementines and a great jar!
    Thanks, dear one!

  6. Avec le froid qui sévit en ce moment ceci est le bienvenu... Bisous

  7. It's a different way to prepare liqueur...I usually use only mandarin or lemon zest.... I'm going to try this one!!!Thank you, ciao Flavia

  8. Stunning, as usual. Just get a look at that color! Amazing pics.

    Hope you're having a great week.


  9. So bright and festive looking! Perfect for a party I think.

  10. Oranges are my favorite fruit ever, and combined with anything it is always my personal heaven. The last gorgeous photo makes me want to drink the whole container :)


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