Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice

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There is really nothing like a glass of Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice first thing in the morning. It is so refreshing and the best part is you know it is purely orange juice.  While my Orangecello is steeping I decided to take all of those beautiful leftover oranges and make this delicious glass of orange juice.  Can you believe I only got 16 ounces out of those 7 oranges?  I honestly thought we would get a bit more juice from those oranges but even so it was a certainly a nice treat. Especially for my husband, one of his favorite morning drinks is Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice.  This was something I had never known about him.  He is a big coffee drinker and we rarely have orange juice in the house.  Who would have thought, starting this blog I would begin to learn more about the man I have been in a relationship with for over 12 years.  Life is full of surprises even if it is as little as orange juice.

The Ingredients:

7 oranges or more

What You Will Need:

Fine mesh strainer
Citrus juicer, press or your hands

Simply squeeze the orange over the strainer into a bowl.  Then serve.  It’s that easy.

Enjoy!

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Homemade Orangecello

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I was watching the Food Network Channel the other day and stumbled upon Giada at Home making Orangecello.  Several years back when I was enrolled at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, a teacher of mine used to talk about how Limoncello was one of their favorite drinks when were in Italy.  Yet, while my husband and I were visiting Italy our drink of choice was wine.  Wine, wine and more wine.  Lately, I have found myself reminiscing about our trip to Italy and longing for a vacation.  So it was pretty perfect finding Giada making this recipe, I just had to try it.  Though I did adjust the recipe to contain less sugar.

In several weeks our little family is going on our first real family vacation and I thought how nice it would be to sit on our private balcony and sip a true Italian drink.

This Homemade Orangecello takes about 5 days to make, so here is day 1.  Stay tuned for the finished product along with my husband and a few friends reviews on it.  Hopefully it’ll be amazing!

The Ingredients:

7 organic oranges
1 (750 ml) bottle of vodka
2 1/2 c water
1 c sugar

Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from the oranges.  (I made fresh orange juice with the peeled oranges.)  Place the orange peels in a pitcher and pour the vodka over the peels. Then cover the pitcher with plastic wrap.  Let the orange peels steep in the vodka for 4 days at room temperature.

On day 4, you will make a simple syrup.  In a medium saucepan, combine the water and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil then simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Sugar will dissolve.  Remove from the syrup from heat and let it cool for about 30 minutes. Once cooled add the simple syrup to the vodka mixture.  Cover again and let it sit at room temperature for one more night.  On day 5 strain the vodka through a mesh strainer and discard the orange peels.  Transfer the Orangecello to an airtight bottle.  Place in refrigerator for about 5 hours to chill.  This drink will keep up to a month.  Add some fresh orange slices and serve.
Enjoy!
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