Orangecello | Source: Getty Images
Orangecello | Source: Getty Images

Orangecello Recipe for a Zesty Homemade Delight

Milla Sigaba
Feb 21, 2024
01:30 P.M.
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When life gives you oranges, the best response is to transform them into a zesty homemade delight that not only warms the heart but also tantalizes the taste buds with this simple Orangecello recipe.

Derived from the same time-honored tradition of the Limoncello, Orangecello offers a delightful twist, elevating ordinary oranges into an extraordinary sipping experience.

Typically enjoyed as an after-dinner digest, Orangecello delights not with its juice, but through the magic of its rinds imparting an intense orange flavor into the alcohol that is both surprising and delightful.

Enjoy the essence of southern Italy's sun-kissed orchards with this simple Orangecello recipe, which captures the extraordinary size and flavor of organic fruits.

Crafting Your Zesty Orangecello


  • 7 medium navel oranges, preferably organic
  • 1 (750ml) bottle of vodka
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
An orange cocktail | Source: Getty Images

An orange cocktail | Source: Getty Images


  1. Peel the oranges: Use a vegetable peeler to remove the peel from the oranges in long strips. Reserve the fruit for another purpose.
  2. Prepare the peels: Trim away the white pith from the orange peels to avoid bitterness; discard the pith.
  3. Infuse: Place the orange peels in a 2-quart pitcher or large glass bowl and pour the vodka over them. Cover with plastic wrap.
  4. Steep: Allow the peels to steep in the vodka at room temperature for 4 days, letting the zest fully infuse its flavor.
  5. Prepare the syrup: In a medium saucepan, combine water and sugar. Heat until the sugar dissolves. Let cool for about 20 minutes.
  6. Combine: Pour the cooled syrup over the vodka mixture. Let stand at room temperature overnight.
  7. Strain: Use a mesh strainer to remove the peels.
  8. Bottle: Transfer the Orangecello into bottles, seal, and refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours.
  9. Enjoy: Your homemade Orangecello is now ready to be enjoyed, whether as a refreshing after-dinner treat or a key ingredient in your favorite cocktails.

This journey into the heart of Italian tradition showcases not just a recipe, but a celebration of flavor, culture, and the joy of sharing. The process of making Orangecello at home is a testament to the beauty of turning simple ingredients into something truly extraordinary.

Ready to explore more? Why stop at Orangecello? Dive into the world of homemade liqueurs with our Falernum recipe guide for a sweet Bajan liqueur experience at home.

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