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Satsuma-Cello

Hands-on time 2 hrs, 30 mins
Total time 7 hrs
Yield Makes about 3 quarts
Satsuma-Cello is the Southerner's take on the classic Italian cordial limoncello. Satsuma-Cello is made from the aromatic rind of the Southern citrus Satsuma and has a limited season, so fill up fast.

Ingredients

  • 20 satsuma oranges*
  • 2 (750-milliliter) bottles vodka
  • 4 cups sugar

How to Make It

  1. Peel satsuma oranges using vegetable peeler, reserving flesh for another use. Scrape bitter white pith from orange rind strips, and discard pith. Place orange rind strips in a large glass pitcher or 3-qt. jar; pour vodka over strips. Cover and let stand at room temperature 7 to 10 days.

  2. Bring sugar and 5 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; let stand 30 minutes. Pour syrup into vodka mixture. Cover and let stand at room temperature 24 hours.

  3. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into another pitcher, discarding orange rind strips. Pour into sealable bottles or Mason jars. Seal and chill 4 hours before serving. Store in refrigerator up to 1 month.

  4. *15 minneola tangelos may be substituted.

  5. 3 Satsuma-Cello Cocktails. The Southern citrus burst of this homemade liqueur delivers a festive twist to cocktail favorites. (Each recipe yields 4 to 6 servings.)

  6. Satsuma Old-Fashioned: Mix 1 cup Satsuma-cello, 1/2 cup whiskey, 4 dashes Angostura bitters, and 4 dashes Peychaud's bitters in a pitcher. Stir in 2 cups each ice and club soda.

  7. Rosemary-Satsuma Julep: Muddle 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary leaves with 1 cup Satsuma-cello. Let stand 5 minutes. Strain into a pitcher. Stir in 2 cups each ice and club soda.

  8. Basil-Satsuma Julep: Muddle 1/4 cup basil leaves with 1 Tbsp. sugar. Add 1 cup Satsuma-cello. Let stand 5 minutes. Strain into a pitcher. Stir in 2 cups each ice and club soda.