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. (*photo ©Jennifer Davick)
|20 satsuma oranges|
|2 (750-milliliter) bottles vodka|
|4 cups sugar|
Preparation: How to make a Satsuma-Cello
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.