Spiced Arancello

I wanted a really festive version of limoncello, after my ginger wine failed to produce the required results and as usual BBC Good Food had the answer – this amazingly delicious and fabulous liquer can be drunk straight in a shot, or can be used in cocktails or to create very festive bellini’s if added to a glass of sparkling wine!


  • 5 large oranges
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 cardamom pods
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1l bottle vodka
  • 600g caster sugar
  • a few extra oranges, cinnamon sticks, cardamom and vanilla pods , to bottle


1. Pare the zest from the oranges using a peeler, making sure that none of the bitter white pith is left on the peel.

2. Put the zest, spices and vanilla pod in one large or several smaller clean jars

3. Add the vodka. Seal and leave for a week, shaking the jar each day.

4. After one week, you’re ready for the next stage. Boil a kettle of water.

5. Put the sugar in a heatproof bowl, then pour over 500ml boiling water, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

6. Add to the vodka mix, then leave for another week, shaking the jar regularly.

7. Strain into decorative bottles, discarding the peel and spices, and store in a cool place until Christmas.

8. Before giving, drop some fresh spices and peel into each bottle to decorate. Will keep bottled for 6 months – 1 year.

I used a large jar to mix all of these ingredients and keep them on the shelf for the required time, prior to bottling and researched this liquer and found it will keep for at least 1 year so, so if you have any left over after Christmas you can always use for gifts throughout the year!


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