Homemade Orange Liqueur Recipe

Homemade Orange Liqueur Recipe

Discover the joy of making your own orange liqueur. Similar in taste to triple sec, the recipe for the sweet citrus liqueur is easy and adaptable.
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  • Serves: 25 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from two navel oranges.
  3. Step 3

    In a 1-quart jar, add the vodka, fresh orange peel, and dried bitter orange peel. Seal, shake well, and let infuse in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks (or up to 1 month), shaking the jar every day or two.
  4. Step 4

    The day the infusion is complete, make a rich simple syrup: Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat and stir in the sugar until completely dissolved and the syrup is clear. Reduce to a simmer. After 5 minutes, remove the pan from the heat and let cool completely.
  5. Step 5

    Strain the orange peels from the vodka using a fine-mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth.
  6. Step 6

    Rinse out the infusion jar and use it to blend the orange liqueur by adding 3/4 cup of the simple syrup to the orange-infused vodka. Shake very well for at least 30 seconds. Taste the liqueur and add more syrup to sweeten to taste.
  7. Step 7

    Transfer the orange liqueur to a bottle or jar with a tight-fitting lid and use in your favorite cocktail recipes.