Tuesday, February 08, 2011


As we slowly awake from a long winter's nap (otherwise known as blogging hiatus) and transition into Spring, our bottle of quarante-quatre will be ready for consumption just in time to celebrate the new season.

Jesee was only 16 years-old when he was first introduced to this concoction from M. Garcia, a Spanish winemaker he met during his annual visits to the vendange in the south of France. A lovely beverage often enjoyed after dinner, the smooth orange flavour is complimented by the distinctive taste of coffee resting at the back of your throat just a few moments later. I personally cannot wait to enjoy mine with some rich dark chocolate :)

Quarante-Quatre (44 Day Orange-Coffee Liqueur)

1 large organic orange, well washed
44 coffee beans
44 sugar cubes
4 cups vodka

  1. Poke the orange with a skewer or knitting needle and insert the coffee beans through the slits in the skin into the orange flesh.
  2. Put the orange in a sterilized preserving jar (with an opening large enough to fit an orange through), add the sugar, pour over the vodka, seal, and shake.
  3. Store in a cool, dark place, giving the jar a shake every day for 44 days.
  4. Filter the liqueur through a coffee filter into a lovely vintage serving bottle.
Update 11Mar25:  Very tasty and subtle flavouring from the orange and coffee beans.  As I originally thought, it marries marvellously with dark chocolate!