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.
STOP PRESS: Vin d’Orange was every bit as good as we hoped and curiously refreshing. It will become a part of our Christmas preparations every year.
If you fancy trying vin d’orange, here is the recipe:
4 litres white wine
1 litre vodka
Chop up the oranges and lemon, complete with peel, into small pieces. We eschewed a knife and used the food processer slicing blade.
Put the chopped oranges and lemons in the bonbonne or 8 litre Kilner jar with sugar, wine and vodka.
Stir everything thoroughly, leave for 20 days and stir again.
Leave for another 20 days.
Filter through muslin at least twice and bottle. I found that it was still quite cloudy after two filtrations and so did another one using a coffee filter.
Drink as soon as possible. This was the final part of instructions given to us but we found that it kept well in our cool garage.
Do you have any Christmas traditions? My favourite is seeing the London Christmas lights.