Spiced Arancello: A Homemade Recipe

As well as making Homemade Limoncello for Christmas hamper gifts, I decided to give an orange version a go, aptly named Spiced Arancello.

So, What is Spiced Arancello?

Well, it is essentially limoncello, but instead of using lemon zest, you use orange zest instead. I think typically blood oranges are the oranges of choice, however, most orange zest will still work a treat for this recipe.
I took inspiration from a recipe over at Good Food and followed this to make a Christmasy version of the refreshing liqueur. Just call me Miss Claus! 🤶

The steps to make this are very similar to the limoncello I made, and I actually made both at the same time. The ingredients are; orange zest, a 1L bottle of vodka, cardamom pods, and cinnamon, as well as a sugar -water mix.

Ingredients to make Spiced Arancello. Including vodka, oranges, cinnamon, caradmom and vanilla.

How to make Spiced Arancello:

To start off, you need to peel the zest from the oranges, ensuring that the pith is not included. The pith will turn the arancello bitter. I didn’t use blood oranges, but just some larger oranges that you can pick up at any supermarket. The drink still turns out well, but I think the next time I might try it with blood oranges. I think it will give it a bit of a sharper taste, which would be lovely!

The zest should be added to a large enough jar or bottle, and extra room at the top should be made as the liquid increases when the sugar – water mix is added at a later date. Luckily the Kilner jar I had was big enough to hold the amount…only just though! I bought mine from Wilkos.

Once you have added the orange zest to the jar, it is time to add your desired amount of cardamom pods, and the cinnamon stick. Not forgetting the vodka to cover.

This is then left for around one week, shaking the jar regularly during this time.

One week later…

After a week it is time for the next stage. Mixing boiling water and sugar are together until the sugar dissolves (see recipe below for full measurements) and then add to the orange, spice and vodka booze. For this stage, I decided to pour my boozy mix into a large bowl, adding the water-sugar mix to this and stirring. Replace this back into the Kilner jar, which just fits the drink in. I wanted to ensure that the two liquids had mixed together and that it did actually fit into the jar (I had a standby jar ready in case that it didn’t!).
Once the jar is full of the new mixture, it should be sealed and left for another week, again being shaken regularly.

Another week later…

When this next week has passed, it is time to strain the liquid, removing all of the peel and spices from the mixture. I again strained this into a large bowl and ladled it into my preferred bottles. I decided to purchase the same ones that I did for the limoncello, which can be found over on Amazon.

The difference between this recipe and the limoncello one is that I only filled 9 bottles rather than 10. Not a big difference, but just be mindful if you are thinking of making these as gifts for lots of people, as you may need to make a further batch. I’m not quite sure what extra amount of water-to-sugar ratio you would need to increase the batch to fill 10 200ml bottles.

Once the drink is in the bottle it is ready to have a label. Store it somewhere cool until you are ready to drink, or give away as a gift. Easy peasy orange squeasy! 
For an extra touch when giving away as a gift, fresh pieces of peel, cardamon pod and cinnamon can be added to the bottle, making it slightly more decorative.

So there you have another boozy recipe…I can see a theme here for this Christmas!

The Recipe:

🍊 Spiced Arancello 🍊  
5 large Oranges
1L Bottle of Vodka
1 Cinnamon Stick
2-3 Cardamom Pods
600g Caster Sugar
500ml Boiling Water
1.  Peel (Pare) the zest from the oranges, ensuring that the pith is not added.
2.  Place the peel into a large clean jar, adding the desired amount of cardamom pods and the cinnamon stick before pouring over the full 1L bottle of vodka.
3. Cover with a tight-fitting lid, and leave for a week.
4. Shake the jar regularly throughout this week.
5. After a week
6. Place the sugar into a heatproof bowl, and pour over the boiling water.
7. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
8. Add this sugar mixture to the orange and spices liquid in the jar.
9. Cover again with a tight-fitting lid, leaving for a further week.
10. Shake jar regularly during this time.
11. After a week
12. Strain the mixture, ensuring that the orange peel and spices are removed.
13. Pour the mixture into bottles.
14. Label the bottles and store or give away as gifts.

Ps. For an added touch when giving away as a gift, add a fresh piece of zest, cardamom pod and cinnamon just before gifting the bottle for a nice decorative touch.

Hope you enjoyed, and let me know if you try it out!

Thanks for reading,