Make Blood Orange Liqueur

15 Mar

The Love Potion I made for Valentine’s Day was so popular (not to mention delicious), that I decided I had to create my own liqueur using the same method, this time with blood oranges, strawberries and cardamom.  What little effort it takes is worth it- trust me.  The hardest part is waiting two weeks for proper infusion!  We used it to make champagne cocktails this weekend.  Check out the recipe below the liqueur instructions.


  • 4 large blood oranges
  • 1/2 carton of fresh strawberries
  • peel and juice of 1/2 meyer lemon
  • 6 cardamom seeds
  • 3 cups vodka
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups water

step one: peel blood oranges using a sharp knife, making sure to remove all pith (this will add bitterness to the liqueur).  cut into large chunks place in a large bowl. quarter strawberries and place into bowl with blood oranges.  peel lemon, making sure to avoid including white pith, add peel to bowl and squeeze juice from lemon into bowl as well.
step two: using a muddler or a large spoon, mash orange, strawberries and peel together, releasing as much juice as possible.
step three: transfer juice and pulp from bowl into an airtight jar or jug.  add cardamom seeds and vodka.  let sit for two weeks, shaking periodically.
step four: after the two weeks are up, strain the mixture using a colander and cheesecloth.
step five: heat sugar and water to create a syrup.  let it cool, then add strained liquid to syrup.
step six:  it will taste great immediately, but it’s best to allow to infuse for another 2-4 weeks before enjoying.

Blood Orange Champagne Cocktail

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 5 dashes citrus or strawberry bitters
  • 1 oz. blood orange liqueur
  • champagne

Place sugar cube in a champagne glass and dash with bitters.  Add blood      orange liqueur and top with chilled champagne.



One Response to “Make Blood Orange Liqueur”

  1. Alexis Yael March 17, 2011 at 9:44 pm #


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