By C. Rose on November 09, 2023

November 2023 DIY Recipe: Staple Orange Liqueur

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As the holiday season approaches, use a little of our OAC spirits and some know-how to make a batch of this citrusy delight for your next night in. It’s also a great host gift for your next event!

You may know Orange Liqueur by some of the brand names like Cointreau and Grand Marnier, but there are several types of orange liqueurs out there. Curaçao may be the oldest known version, using dried orange peels instead of fresh. Although there may be slight differences, ultimately this is a sugar, orange peel, and alcohol infusion that is a staple for many bartenders. You can drink this on the rocks, but it’s a widely used addition to many of your favorite cocktails! Oa Inside-1

Depending on your preference (and what's available) you can use sweet or bitter oranges. A mix of both will be a not-too-sweet balance.



      • 3 tbs baking soda

      • large bowl

      • 16 oz Mason jar

      • metal strainer (or cheesecloth)

      • 4-5 oranges
      • 12 oz Organic Alcohol (we used the cane!)
      • 1 cup white sugar
      • 12 oz distilled water
      • cinnamon stick (optional)
      • cloves (optional)


  1. Place oranges in a bowl with baking soda and cold water. Let sit for at least 15 minutes swishing about. Rise afterward.

  2. Peel Oranges making sure to remove the pith (white part).

  3. Place orange peels in a Mason jar and pour over OAC alcohol (you can add in your cinnamon and/or cloves too at this point!)

  4. Store in a cool, dark place for at least 3-4 weeks (shake every few days). You can test the strength and add/remove spices if necessary.

  5. Once extracted, strain out the orange peels.

  6. Add sugar to a saucepan with 8 oz water, and heat until clear (simple syrup).

  7. Once cooled, add to orange-infused alcohol.

    The end liqueur will be higher-proof than normal orange liquor, approx. 63% abv. Add in 4 oz of distilled water to bring it closer to 47% abv (shake well). Let sit for a day or two before you enjoy!

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Published by C. Rose November 9, 2023