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Calamondin Liqueur

I know you're thinking, "What is that"?  Well, the calamondin is a

 

 

very small orange that's a cross between a mandarin and a

 

 

kumquat.  It has a slightly bitter taste and, when sugar and vodka

 

 

are added, makes a wonderful liqueur.  Or when just the zest is

 

 

combined with vodka, it makes a very fragrant extract.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two years ago I took pity on a small neglected calamondin orange

 

 

plant at one of the big box stores in my area.  It was marked down

 

 

to two or three dollars so I took it home.  After soaking it in a bucket

 

 

of water for a couple of hours, I proceeded to repot it, kept it in the

 

 

shade for a week or so, then gradually put it in a place where it

 

 

received some sun for most of the day.   

Unlike lemons or oranges, the peel of the calamondin is very thin, so

 

 

there is no white pith to worry with.  FYI, the peel is sweeter than the

 

 

juice.  You can use any citrus fruit for this and the amount of sugar

 

 

used depends on personal taste.  I like to use it as an extract too so I

 

 

tend to use less sugar.

KEYWORDS

citrus liqueur. calamondin liqueur, citrus extract

 

Calamondin Liqueur

 

 

 

You will need a jar/bottle that can be sealed.  

 

 

 

Ingredients

 

 

 

•  Calamondin peel*

•  Sugar

 

•  Water

 

 

•  Vodka

Instructions

1.   Cut the peel into ½-inch strips and stuff into a jar.

2.  Put ½ cup sugar and ¼ cup water into a small glass measuring

 

 

     cup; microwave for one minute; remove and stir until the sugar is

 

 

     dissolved.  Pour sugar mixture over the peel; add vodka until the

 

 

     peel is covered by one inch.

 

3.  Put the lid on securely and shake until all the sugar is dissolved.

     Continue shaking every couple of days for at least 2 months.

4.  Taste every 2 weeks, you can add more sugar water (2 parts

 

 

     sugar to 1 part water) if necessary, but do it early in the process.

*You can use any citrus fruit for this, BUT make sure only the colorful

 

 

  part of the peel is used.

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