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Orange Schnapps Recipes

Nastoykas (Tinctures)

   Orange schnapps - based on fresh, oven-dried orange peels (zests) - is mostly used to blend with other schnappses.
Orange Schnapps

1 big or 2 small oranges

Unflavoured vodka - 40% alcohol content (80 proof)
Wash 1 big or 2 small oranges well to remove dirt or any chemical residue and wax. Dry and peel thinly with a potato peeler or zester. When peeling it's very important that you avoid the white, spongy inner rind that will otherwise ruin your schnapps because of its unpleasant bitterness. Dry the peels in the oven at 60-75°C (140-167°F) for one hour. Put the peels into a clean glass jar with tight-fitting lid. Cover with approx. 25 centiliter clear, unflavoured vodka - 40% alcohol content (80 proof). Let steep for 1-7 days in a dark place at room temperature, 18-20°C (64-68°F). Shake lightly and taste it from time to time. It must not get bitter. Strain and filter your infusion into a clean glass bottle or jar with tight-fitting lid. Store (age) for at least 1 month in a dark place at room temperature before serving.

Nastoykas (Tinctures)

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