Clementine vodka – what could sound more Christmassy in a slightly drunken Russian way?
This idea is a festive take on Limoncello – in fact I use the same method as for Limoncello – but instead of lemon and sugar I used oranges, clementines and mulling spices.
In the name of thoroughness I’ve actually made three big bottles of this, in order to get the perfect flavour, and I’ve been studiously ignoring them for the last month, just waiting for Christmas. But now the time has come to have a little snifter – well, not literally now, as it’s 11.41am on Friday, and I’ve got son #2’s carol concert in an hour, and that would get quite messy.
I suggest serving this deliciousness as a digestif, to cut through all that over-eating and inertia that can kick in after a big Christmas meal. A shot of this after turkey could provide you with the energy required for a round of charades or even a game of Monopoly. Alternatively/additionally, pour into little bottles with a shaving of peel, a label and a bow and give as hostess presents or to the teacher. I know it’s supposed to be an apple for the teacher, but my kids’ teachers deserve vodka and the unconsciousness it can bring.
The great thing about this recipe is that the total time needed is only four days, so start now and it will be ready by Tuesday. For more details on how to make, check out our video here.
Christmas clementine vodka
Zest of 4 oranges
Zest of 4 clementines
750ml of vodka
1 Litre mason jar
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
Zest the oranges and clementines and make sure you have as little pith as possible, as this will make it bitter. Put zest straight into the vodka to capture all the essential oils as quickly as possible. Check and shake every day. Keep in cool dark place for 3-5 days.
Heat water gently and then add sugar so it can slowly dissolve. Add the cinnamon, star anise, clove and bay leaf and bring to the boil. Let it boil for five minutes and then allow to cool for about 20 minutes. Add to the vodka and let it infuse overnight.
Strain using muslin. Decant into small little bottles and give as gifts, or treat yourself.