Vicki Butts (lazyme)
Tell the recipient to use the vodka in orange juice or lemonade, or shaken or stirred in a Martini, or to serve it ice-cold and straight up.
You can select any type of bottle you like for this citrus-scented spirit but choosing a wide-neck one makes it a snap to place the citrus peel into the vodka. For easy gift wrapping, tie ribbons around the neck to match the colors of the peels.
It's also good ice cold and straight up.
From Bon Appetit, The Christmas Season.
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6strips orange peel (2x1/2-inch strips), orange part only
18-inch wooden skewer
6strips lemon peel (2x1/2-inch strips), yellow part only
6strips lime peel (2x1/2-inch strips), green part only
1 750-ml bottleclean clear wine bottle with cork
1 750-ml bottlevodka
How to Make Citrus Vodka
- Fold 1 orange peel strip crosswise in half without breaking. Thread onto skewer, shish-kebab style.
- Repeat with 1 lemon peel strip, then 1 lime peel strip. Repeat, alternating remaining orange, lemon and lime peel strips on same skewer.
- Guide citrus peel skewer through neck of empty bottle, pushing gently but being careful not to break any peel. You may find a chopstick useful in easing the peels into the bottle.
- Fill bottle with vodka.
- Chill at least 1 week and up to 3 weeks.
- Serve chilled.
- Makes enough to fill one 750-milliliter bottle.