Layers and layers of orange citrus notes range from the sweet orange blossom to the bold oils of a navel orange. The honey provides for a warm, sweet background on which the orange can play. Tincture recipe by Peter Vestinos from The Betty in Chicago.
- 2 navel oranges
- 2 honey tangerines
- 2 clementines
- 1 cup Everclear®
- 2 drops orange blossom water
- 1 tbsp. dried orange peel, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup local, organic orange blossom honey
- 1 cup warm, filtered water
Remove the peels of the oranges, tangerines and clementines. Using a knife, remove any white pitch left on the skins.
In a glass jar add the Everclear®, citrus peels (giving a squeeze over the liquid before dropping in), orange blossom water and dried orange peel. Let sit for one week, in a dark cool place, shaking occasionally.
After one week, strain through a cheesecloth, by placing a cheesecloth lined sieve over a bowl or container. After the liquid is strained, squeeze the cheesecloth with the citrus peels to extract any remaining liquid and oils. Return to jar.
Combine honey with water and stir to dissolve. Add 3⁄4 cup of honey water to jar. Shake and allow to sit for 2 more days, shaking occasionally. Filter through a coffee filter and bottle.