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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25th Nov, 2011
BOTTLES! I made double quantity, it's nearly ready for bottling, smells lovely. Lots of questions re bottles. I bought a 5 litre bottle of water and used the bottle to make it in -the neck is wide enough to add the peel etc. and easy to do the shaking. That cost £1 from Tesco. Then went internet searching and I found bottles expensive, even in Ikea. So suggest Google Warnes of Knutford. I've just received 12 500ml "pop bottles" complete with lids and including P&P cost less than £12. They have posher bottles too, but I thought with a bit of ribbon or raffia, these will be just fine.
20th Nov, 2011
Is it possible that I could just use Vanilla Extract as a substitute for the pods? Living in Canada and pods are very hard to come by and the paste is quite pricey!
14th Nov, 2011
I made this and gave to friends and family for Christmas, changed it only by instead of decorating and using the fruit and spices mentioned, I bought from Marks and Spencer the mixed christmas bag of spices and dried fruit which included cranberry and cloves etc. Was a Great success and lovely looking presents!
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7th Apr, 2011
Too sweet
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15th Feb, 2011
It is a lovely after dinner drink and is a nice alternative to limoncello. Well worth trying over vanilla ice-cream as previously suggested
16th Jan, 2011
Made this for Christmas presents this year; really well received. I cheated with the vanilla pods as I was making in bulk and it would have been very expensive to buy loads of vanilla pods.. so I found 'vanilla bean paste' in Waitrose and added half a teaspoon to each recipe instead which seemed fine. I also reduced the sugar content by a third - was still very sweet, especially with the vanilla. I struggled to find suitable presentation bottles so initially used the 'Bottle Green' cordial bottles as suggested by someone else here, but the labels are a nightmare to remove! After the first 3 I went hunting for other screw top bottles and ended up using Fentiman's root beer/ginger beer/curiosity cola etc bottles. These are smaller (500ml) so results in more presents for people, and the labels just fall off in the sink - even better! Made my own gift labels to add to the plain bottles and they looked quite sweet.
11th Dec, 2010
can't get vanilla pods here! will it make a huge difference and is there anything I could use instead?!
4th Dec, 2010
Fantastic recipe.Did reduce the quantity of sugar by 100g and its still sweet enough over ice.Have just had to make another batch as my dads visiting,tried it and wanted a bottle,so am making more for both of us as the original bottle won't last the week!
18th Nov, 2010
I made this last year and everyone loved it. It really is 'Christmas in a glass'. About to get this years batch going. I have some left from last year and it's even better now it's older
17th Nov, 2010
I set mine going yesterday and it's happily steeping away in a jar waiting for step two. It already smells and looks fantastic. Very exciting!


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