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Maple Orange Cordial

The third, and last for today (the other three will appear tomorrow).   This one is whisky-based, and the idea came from a couple of commercial liqueurs.  Sortilege, a Canadian product, was the first, and I can't remember the name of the second, but it was from either Vermont or New Hampshire (maple syrup, and the New Hampshire State Liquor Store, go figure). 

Maple Orange Cordial

5 cups whisky, 80 proof (I used Ballantine's)
2 cups maple syrup (do I have to say real?)
2 teaspoons dried orange peel
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange peel
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (again, I mean real)

Put ingredients in a large glass container and stir well.  Keep out of direct sunlight, and stir every day, leaving for about 1 week. Strain through a fine mesh coffee filter or cheesecloth, reserving liquid.  Add 1/2 cup water, or to taste, to make it a bit smoother and more drinkable.  No need to sweeten, that's what the maple syrup is for.