Seville oranges

Spiced Honey Liqueur

Here’s a recipe for a real winter warmer – and a great way to use up some of your enormous honey harvest!


  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 bruised cardamon pods
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 tbsp grated orange peel
  • 0.5 tbsp grated lemon peel
  • 4 thin slices of ginger
  • 1.5lb mildly flavoured honey
  • Juice of 2 small oranges with enough water to make 1 pint
  • 1 pint Vodka


  1. Put the spices and sliced ginger with the orange juice and water into a stainless steel saucepan;
  2. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes;
  3. Add the orange and lemon peel and the honey;
  4. Bring back to the boil then take off the heat and allow to steep for 15 minutes with the lid on;
  5. Strain through muslin;
  6. Add the Vodka;
  7. Drink – rather nice hot but I think you are supposed to store it away for a bit.
  8. Cheers!
This portrait of Bacchus at the vodka was painted by Jan van Dalen in 1648

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