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Anise Liqueur

[expand title=’Ingredients’]1 lemon
3 c. granulated sugar
2 c. water
1 1/3 c. vodka
1 1/4 c. basic sugar syrup, (No. 1,2,3)
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. anise extract
Yellow food coloring[/expand]

Preparation:
Pare very finely the bright-colored rind from the lemon (no white). Blot peel on paper toweling to remove any excess oil. Combine sugar, water and peel in a large saucepan, heat to boiling, stirring often. Lower heat, simmer for 5 minutes. Strain syrup into a glass container. Cool to room temperature before preparing liqueurs. Combine vodka, sugar, syrup, vanilla and anise extract in a 4 cup screw-top jar. Stir in just enough yellow food coloring to tint liquid a pale yellow. Close jar. Store in a cool, dark place for at least 1 week to age. Yield: about 1 1/4 pints.

Orange Liqueue (Marnier)

[expand title=’Ingredients’]6-8 washed orange
1 lemon
1 tangarine
Wide mouth gallon jar
2 sticks whole cinnamon
1 tsp. coriander seed
1 qt. 100 proof vodka[/expand]

Preparation:
Put rind and juice of 6-8 oranges, washed, in gallon jar. Add thin sliced peel of 1 lemon and add extra orange or tangerine peel for flavor if desired. Add 2 sticks of cinnamon, coriander seed and vodka. In a saucepan boil together 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water until syrupy and reduced in half, about 45 minutes. Cool and add to the jar. Screw lid down and put it in a large paper bag to keep out the light. Store in warm place for 5-6 weeks, shaking daily. Sieve through cheese cloth and bottle in jars and let stand for 6 months. Makes 3 pints.

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