Pare the zest from the oranges using a
peeler, making sure that none of the bitter
white pith is left on the peel. Put the zest,
spices and vanilla pod in one large or several
smaller clean jars, then tip in the vodka. Seal
and leave for a week, shaking the jar each day.
After one week, you’re ready for the
next stage. Boil a kettle of water. Put the
sugar in a heatproof bowl, then pour over
500ml boiling water, stirring until the sugar
dissolves. Add to the vodka mix, then leave
for another week, shaking the jar regularly.
Strain into decorative bottles, discarding the
peel and spices, and store in a cool place
until Christmas. Before giving, drop some
fresh spices and peel into each bottle to
decorate. Will keep bottled for 6 months.