Orangecello Liqueur Recipe

Orangecello is an Italian delight. Serve it over ice, mix it with wine or champagne and serve as a spritzer, or add it your favorite cocktail. Make homemade orangecello with little effort. Cent’anni! (This is an Italian toast literally meaning “100 years” – wishing you to live 100 years.)

Orangecello Liqueur Recipe


Yield: Makes appx. 6 cups

Orangecello Liqueur Recipe

An easy Italian orange liqueur recipe to replicate Orangecello. Delicioso!


  • Peels from 8 large oranges, removed using a vegetable peeler
  • 3 cups vodka* (at least enough to cover orange peels)
  • 3 1/4 cups Simple Syrup (see link for recipe)
  • 1 - 2 drops red food coloring (or beet juice or red wine) (optional)


  1. Place peels in a pitcher.
  2. Pour in enough vodka to cover orange peels and allow to rest for a minimum of 4 days, 6 weeks is ideal. Stir at least once a week if allowing it to age.
  3. Once the mixture ages, remove the peels, strain it, and set aside.
  4. Make the simple syrup and allow to cool to room temperature.
  5. Pour the simple syrup into the orange peel and vodka mixture, stir, and refrigerate in sealed bottles until chilled.
  6. Serve in a chilled glass or over ice. As stated earlier, you may add wine or champagne, as well.


*If you are extremely sensitive to gluten, consider using a vodka brand that is not made of gluten grain. See my Watermelon Martini Recipe for a list of vodkas made from gluten free grains.

Red food coloring, whether commercial or natural, changes this yellow liqueur to orange.

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