44 Orange Liqueur Recipe





Introduction: 44 Orange Liqueur Recipe

While researching orange liqueurs, I came across a basic recipe for one called "44 Orange" and had to try it.

It is a traditional european apertif made using an orange, coffee beans, sugar, and grain alcohol (vodka can also be used in a pinch). Some recipes call for cloves, cinnamon, and honey, but I will probably wait for my next batch to use some of these.

Step 1: Ingredients

1 Large Orange
6 Tbsp Sugar
44 Coffee Beans
4 Cups Grain Alcohol/ Vodka (highest proof you can find)

You Will Need:

A mason jar, or other airtight container
Veggie Wash (Optional)

Step 2: Wash Your Orange!

I recommend buying organic produce because it yields the best flavor but any kind of orange will do. Remember to wash it thoroughly, preferably with a fruit/veggie wash. This is important because the entire orange will be submerged in alcohol and whatever is on the orange peel will end up IN your final product.

Step 3: Stabbing the Orange

Poke 44 holes in the orange and insert a coffee bean in each opening. This was more fun that I originally imagined. Then put the orange inside of the jar. Fill the jar with 4 cups of grain alcohol/vodka. If you are using a regular-sized mason jar, this should take you pretty close to the tap..

Step 4: Add the Sugar

Now add your sugar over the top of the alcohol. The original recipe called for 44 sugar cubes but I substituted 6 tablespoons of sugar. Because sugar cubes come in so many sizes, the amount of sugar can too easily get out of hand, so proceed with caution. I found 6 tbsps to be a good starting amount and more can be added later to taste.

Step 5: Remember the Date

It is a good idea to put a tag on the jar somewhere so that you remember the date you created this concoction. You will need to store it for 44 days in a dark, cool place before removing the orange/coffeebeans. Be sure to shake it up every once in awhile to ensure the sugar dissolves.

Step 6: Storing and Enjoying

After the 44 days are up, remove the orange and coffee beans, and strain the rest. If you used Everclear (grain alcohol), it will be much too strong to enjoy straight, so add at least one cup of water. Some may prefer a bit more water to tone it down. If you used vodka it should not be too powerful but it is really up to taste.

Put it in a new bottle and enjoy it chilled!



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    Very interesting, i can see why its called 44 Orange liqueur. As to the organic/non-organic argument, i believe the only noticeable flavor enhancement being via GM food, which contrary to popular and media belief is safer than spraying organic fertilizer (i.e. poo) or pesticides of any nature. i'd also like to point out that the most popular pesticide used in orange production is so harmless you would die of Vitamin C poisoning before you died from the pesticide.

    Hmm--you say "most popular pesticide used in orange production is so harmless you would die of Vitamin C poisoning before you died from the pesticide"
    Funny!--Isn't that what they used to say about DDT?
    I am afraid you will never convince those like me that suffer from permanent nerve damage from pesticides that any chemical pesticide is harmless. They just haven't used them long enough to find out what kind of damage they will do yet---but they will.

    A pesticide that doesn't kill, right. Would you mind linking us to the MSDS for the pesticide(s) your referring to?

    poo is the only organic fert ? I think there are plenty of ways to deter pests without spraying chems or gene mods .

    Poo isnt the only organic fertilizer. Although there are other ways an genetic modification would last almost indefinitely or at-least a few hundred generations, chemical deterrents are also often simpler to apply, ie dissolved in water and sprayed on, as opposed to introducing a new animal to kill the pests, the new animal itself having a high chance of becoming a pest itself.

    Currently monoculture and scale may be the main issues due to a lack or unwillingness to understand how things work together. I agree ,there are many examples where introducing a new "beneficial' insect or animal has turned out terribly. Again , due to a lack of understanding . Asian carp anyone? A cheaper and "easier" way often end up being just the opposite .  

    As others are saying, there ,of course are many ways to use the term Organic.   

    my orange didnt sink :( but looks interesting, half way through now!!

    My Orange floated too and I was worried about it being exposed to the air for that long so I sank it with a shot-glass.  Seemed to work well, I just had to remember not to be too violent when turning the bottle at mix time as to not break or chip the shot-glass.  You can just see it in first few pictures I posted.

    Was day 44 today and I split my brew.
    Smells and tastes divine.
    I wasn't sure about the coffee beans but I think because they are whole that the flavour isn't harsh or bitter. Just a pleasant coffee smell and after-taste that's very slightly smokey.

    I think if you used some of this in a chocolate mousse that you would win awards :D

    In case the captions don't come through...
    Picture one is Day 22, Half way and the vodka has turned a light Yellow.
    All the other pictures are on Day 44.
    The discoloration in the picture of the sliced orange is the coffee beans staining the flesh, not rot.
     I yielded slightly less than cup for each of the 4 bottles, my original jar was not big enough for the orange and vodka so I have topped them off with fresh vodka and will leave it for the weekend to prove a bit more.

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    I made this recipe 30 days ago. I added some cloves for depth and it tastes wonderfull!