Homemade citrus liqueur is exceptionally easy to make. All you really need are a few left over citrus peels, alcohol and some simple syrup. Although you won’t have results immediately, this one is bound to be a crowd pleaser. Really what better time to get started than now? Just in time for the coldest of winter.
Don’t be afraid to get creative with this one. Tangerines work exceptionally well with cloves and nutmeg for a light citrus liqueur. Orange although powerful in taste and smell works very well with chocolate and even saffron. Lime combined with mint will give you a mojito flavour. And, finally lemon is paired perfectly with cardamom.
- One jar for every type of liqueur you’re making
- Grain Alcohol (Substituted by Vodka or Clear Rum if needed)
- Citrus peels
- Additional ingredients of your choice: Nutmeg, Cloves, Cocoa, Mint, ect)
Finely grate you citrus peel into the jar. We recommend enough peels to cover the bottom of the jar. Next, pour over the grain alcohol or substitute until it covers the grated peels. Cover the jars and let them sit for a few days. You’ll know you’re ready to move on to the next step when the colour of the citrus has infiltrated into the alcohol.
Strain the alcohol and remove all the grated peels. Next, put the alcohol back in the jars. Now you can begin to add the next ingredients. Close and cover the jars and let them sit for a few more days.
After about four days add one part alcohol (roughly 100ml) with three parts light simple syrup (roughly 300ml) to your jar. Then close and cover for another week or so.
After about a week, strain the alcohol and give it a taste. If it is too strong, add more syrup. Too weak add more alcohol. And, if you’re happy with the taste, bottle the liqueur.
For the most part, it’s a waiting game but we guarantee that these delicious citrus liqueurs are worth every moment you’ve waited for them. They also make great gifts! Remember that if you’re not happy with one ingredient, you simply need to swap it out for another. Play around and get creative. Don’t forget to share your liqueur ideas with us on Facebook.