Arancello

Boozy orange goodness sounded like a great addition to my thanksgiving party, but unfortunately it didn’t come out that good! I have made lemoncello in the past, so I thought it would be a cool idea to follow the same recipe but with oranges instead. I tried really hard to get all peel and none of the bitter white pith, but the final product still came out SUPER bitter. Like…really really bitter. Also, it was crazy strong. I still offered it to people after dinner, and everyone seemed to actually like it, but they liked a drop of the orancello in a large glass of soda water, not the orancello itself.

Peeled oranges.

A true lemoncello or arancello recipe had grain alcohol in it. Most people use vodka because grain alcohol is harder to find in the states. I let this sit for 2 weeks, shaking it daily.

So bitter.

After I strained the oranges, I added a simple syrup made from 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar. It wasnt enough to kill the crazy bitterness.

One daring man tried to drink some from the bottle.

What does he think of the drink?

Clearly he didn’t like it!

For this recipe, I put the zest from 12 oranges into a liter of grain alcohol. Let it sit for about 2 weeks. Strain and mix with a simple syrup of 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar.