Vanilla Satsumacello

Vanilla Satsumacello

Vanilla Satsumacello is a Louisiana take on a classic Italian liqueur.

Vanilla Satsumacello
Serves 12
Notes of vanilla add character to this Louisiana take on the classic Italian liqueur.
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  1. 10 satsumas
  2. 1 (750-milliliter) bottle 125-proof vodka, such as Atelier Vie Buck 25
  3. 2 cups water
  4. 1 ½ cups sugar
  5. 1 (2-inch) piece vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved
  6. Garnish: satsuma peel
  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove peel from satsumas, making sure no pith remains. In a large glass container, combine peel and vodka. Cover, and let stand in a cool, dark place for 5 days, shaking mixture daily.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups water and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Let cool completely. Add sugar mixture and reserved vanilla bean and seeds to vodka mixture. Seal, and let stand 4 weeks.
  4. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer before serving. Serve well chilled. Garnish with satsuma peel, if desired.
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  1. This recipe sounds delicious! I am very humoured by the glasses in the photo. I have some like them except that they are cranberry red glass with clear stems. The few I have were my mother’s and were gifts included in a box of something like Tide or perhaps anincentive purchase in a grocery store. They are from the 1960s. Blast from the past…..I’m hoping that my friend still has 10 satsumas on her tree!


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