Spiced arancello

Spiced arancello

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(27 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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5th Jan, 2009
This is lovely - I made it for my dad for xmas and it all went! I've now got orders from the rest of my family to make it for their birthday! If you're unsure of whether you'll like it then halve the quantities - which is what I did. Also I used very cheap vodka which didn't matter at all once all the other ingredients have been added.
23rd Dec, 2008
Mine did not make 2.5 ltrs, so I only ended up with two full bottles and then a little bit left over which we have kept ourselves. Not a problem other than I had planned it for 3 friends as gifts this xmas. Anyway it is very nice, but yes very sweet as a drink on it's own. We had some over vanilla ice cream and it was delicious, might try it with a nice dark choc ice cream next.
17th Dec, 2008
It tastes lovely. Great drink. But I do not recommend it on a weeknight. You just might go overboard and that would make getting up for work the next morning rather problematic.
7th Dec, 2008
This made a lovely flavoured vodka, but as a liqueur I found it just too sweet, and I didn't even use all the sugar! Think it will be good in hot chocolate though.
5th Dec, 2008
FAO Marielle, the other half litre will come from 600g of sugar!! Don't worry you haven't lost it!! Hope it tastes good. Laura
3rd Dec, 2008
Hi, I'm in the proces of making this and I was wondering, at the top of the page it says it will make about 2.5 litres. Where does the extra litre come from? 1 litre of wodka, half a litre of water, what am I missing?
26th Nov, 2008
Louisa Lakeland does preserving bottles and jars.
26th Nov, 2008
I am in the process of making this. Does anyone know where I can get decorative bottles from?
25th Nov, 2008
hi yellowbelly, I'm starting mine today and would think that the zest from five oranges will be enough to make it orangey - so I will copy the recipe. I hope this is right too - a lot of vodka to waste otherwise!! I'll make fresh juice to have seperately with the rest of the oranges.
23rd Nov, 2008
it does not mention using any of the juice from the oranges.is this correct?


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