Spiced arancello

Spiced arancello

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(26 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins plus 2 weeks standing


Makes about 2.5 litres

If you're a fan of the Italian liqueur, limoncello, try this Christmassy version made with oranges and spices

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving (85ml)

  • kcal179
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars27g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0g
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  • 5 large oranges



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 cardamom pods
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1l bottle vodka



    Originally associated with Russia, Slavonic, Baltic and Scandinavian countries, vodka has become…

  • 600g caster sugar
  • a few extra oranges, cinnamon sticks, cardamom and vanilla pods, to bottle


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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16th Nov, 2012
Made this for Christmas hampers and it was so easy, with a great result. Have a bit left over for me so might experiment with making some different cocktails to see if there are any good recipes I can attach to the bottles when I give them away. If anyone has any suggestions let me know!
10th Nov, 2012
In the making! :D
31st Oct, 2012
We've made this for the last 2 years and everyone loves it. We serve it topped up with CAVA and it tastes amazing. 'Christmas in a glass' as a few have already mentioned.
28th Oct, 2012
You can buy nice bottles on ebay for much cheaper than Lakeland etc - I'll be doing this and making gallons of the stuff!
3rd Feb, 2012
Nice but very very sweet
6th Jan, 2012
We did this for Christmas. Doubled the ingredients,used cheap vodka, and only used 1000g of sugar. It tasted really nice and went down really well with the family. We found bargin wine bottles from Wilkinson online;6 clear bottles for under £5.
12th Dec, 2011
I can't find proper cinnamon. The packets here all use Cassia (though they are marked cinnamon). I know this has a stronger flavour? Will this make much of a difference? Make it too strong/bitter?
10th Dec, 2011
After reading all of the above, I've just done stage two and only added half of the sugar water (300g sugar plus 250ml water) and it tastes sweet enough for me! I suppose the only drawback is that the shelf life might be shorter, but I doubt if it will last long around my lot anyway...... Will update next week after bottling ceremony :-)
4th Dec, 2011
Am going to make this this week and just wanted to share some shopping tips. I bought my vanilla pods on ebay for a lot less than in the shops and clear glass wine bottles can be found at Roys and Wilkinsons for about £5 for 6. Hope that helps!
4th Dec, 2011
cant wait to make this, and thanks to liznfil for the link to the fantastic bottles website.


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