Make Your Own Grand Marnier, great for Christmas gifts!
4 medium Oranges
1 Vanilla bean
2 1/2 cups Vodka
1 cup Brandy
1 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
Look for firm, heavy oranges which indicates lots of juice, and smooth;skinned ones free from soft spots and mold.
Wash and peel oranges making sure to scrape ALL white rind from the peels to avoid bitter flavor. Slice in strips and add to liquor and vanilla bean. Steep 2-3 weeks, strain and filter.
Boil together water and sugar for about 5 minutes at a full boil
and be sure the sugar is dissolved.
Allow to cool.
Add sugar syrup to orange liquor and let age for 4 weeks.