Satsuma-Cello Recipe

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Satsuma-Cello is the Southerner’s take on the classic Italian cordial limoncello. Satsuma-Cello is made from the aromatic rind of the Southern citrus Satsuma and has a limited season, so fill up fast.
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20 satsuma oranges
2 (750-milliliter) bottles vodka
4 cups sugar

Preparation: How to make a Satsuma-Cello

  1. Peel satsuma oranges using vegetable peeler, reserving flesh for another use. Scrape bitter white pith from orange rind strips, and discard pith. Place orange rind strips in a large glass pitcher or 3-qt. jar; pour vodka over strips. Cover and let stand at room temperature 7 to 10 days.
  2. Bring sugar and 5 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; let stand 30 minutes. Pour syrup into vodka mixture. Cover and let stand at room temperature 24 hours.
  3. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into another pitcher, discarding orange rind strips. Pour into sealable bottles or Mason jars. Seal and chill 4 hours before serving. Store in refrigerator up to 1 month.