Orange Bitters

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READY IN: 361hrs
YIELD: 5 cups
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 250 deg F. Remove zest from oranges with a vegetable peeler. (Use oranges for some other purpose). Bake until zest dries, starts to curl up and begins to brown, about 20-25 minutes. Let cool.
  • Put all ingredients except sugar in a 1 quart glass jar and seal tightly. Let sit in a cool, dark place for two weeks.
  • Strain liquid into a 1 1/2 to 2 quart jar, saving the flavorings. Set aside.
  • Put flavorings in a small saucepan with 2 cups water. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Cook sugar in a small saucepan, lifting and shaking the pan occasionally, until the sugar caramelizes and turns deep amber, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Pour the caramel into the liquid in the saucepan - it will bubble furiously and may firm up. If necessary, return to medium heat and cook, stirring, for a few minutes until the caramel melts.
  • Set pan in a bowl of ice water until the liquid is cold, about 10 minutes.
  • Pour this liquid into the jar with the first liquid (from step 3). Seal and let stand in a cool, dark place for five days.
  • Strain this final mixture through cheesecloth into a glass measuring cup and discard the flavorings.
  • Pour into small bottles and seal tightly.
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