This recipe is a delicious way to start a leisurely brunch. It makes use of one of my all-time favorite sodas, Fentiman's Orange Jigger. This sweet and tangy orange soda is laced with spicy ginger and herbs to give it a complex flavor. The orangecello adds sweetness and a more intense orange flavor. Making your own citrus peel (or even using it at all) is optional, but if you've never tried it before I would highly recommend it! I like to use a combination of different citrus fruits - Meyer lemon being particularly wonderful in this application - but just about any citrus peel you can find will work in this recipe. —the preservery.
Fentiman's Orange Jigger
Strips of thinly sliced citrus peel (recipe below)
Fill a small glass with ice cubes. Add tequila, orangecello, and soda and gently stir. Garnish with citrus peel.
Candied Citrus Peel
Clean the citrus fruits well and cut the peels off in wide strips. Remove pith by flattening the peel and running a small knife between the spongy, white pith and the peel.
In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add 1 cup of the sugar and reduce heat to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add citrus peel and allow to cook until peel becomes sweet and almost translucent, about 30 minutes or more. Remove peel with a slotted spoon and allow to cool.
In a small bowl, add the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar. Slice peels into thin strips and toss with the sugar to coat. Store in a paper towel-lined container in the fridge for 6 months or more.