Every year my husband’s boss makes vin d’orange for Christmas and recently he has shared the traditional French recipe with us.  This week, we started our first batch.  The first stumbling block was where to find a bonbonne that was deemed the essential vessel in which to steep the brew.  After much googling, we decided that a large Kilner jar was what we needed.  Imagine my surprise when I saw one lurking on the shelves of our local Sainsbury’s just begging to be taken home.  Now all we have to do is wait until Christmas to see if it really is as good as its cracked up to be.

If you fancy trying vin d’orange, here is the recipe:

4 litres white wine
1 litre vodka
750g sugar
4 oranges
2 lemons1) Chop up the oranges and lemon, complete with peel, into small pieces (we used the food processer slicing blade)

2) Put them in the bonbonne/8 litre Kilner jar with sugar, wine and vodka
3) Stir everything thoroughly, leave for 20 days and stir again.
4) After 40 days, filter through muslin at least twice and bottle.
5) Drink as soon as possible.

Lou Messugo


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