A great after-dinner drink

A DIY tincture with orange and coffee flavor

What’s the point of making a jam, if you can make a tincture or liqueur?! If you agree, get two oranges, a few roasted coffee beans and a bottle of vodka / a high-proof booze of your taste.

In this case, the quantity of sugar matters! If you put a cup of sugar, you’ll get a liqueur. If you put 3–4 tablespoons, you’ll get a tincture.

The goal is to suck the flavor of oranges and coffee, so let’s start.

  1. Wash the oranges thoroughly. Cut them into equal parts.
  2. Insert coffee beans into the oranges.
  3. Place them in a canning jar.
  4. Add some sugar and vodka/other booze. The higher the proof, the faster the flavor leaches out.
  5. Close the lid making sure the cover is tight.
  6. Shake a little to help dissolve the sugar.
  7. Store in a cool, dry spot away from the heat and moisture of a kitchen.
  8. Sometimes shake the jar until the sugar is totally dissolved.
  9. Allow to set for the 20–30–40 days until the vodka turns to a pale lovely orange color and has a coffee-orange fragrance. You can taste the tincture every once in a while to make sure you don’t let the flavor get too crazy.
  10. To use, remove the orange and coffee beans. DO NOT SQUEEZE the oranges! (that will make your drink murky). Strain the liquid through a fine-meshed sieve into pretty clear bottles or a clear glass decanter.
  11. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.
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