vin-d'orange in a kilner jar

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
750g sugar
4 oranges
2 lemons

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.



  1. November 20, 2016 / 1:19 am

    Sounds interesting, although we’d need to keep it well clear of the kids! 🙂

    • November 20, 2016 / 9:07 am

      Certainly not to be confused with the orange squash!

  2. November 20, 2016 / 1:38 am

    I’ve not heard of this but it sounds wickedly good!

  3. November 20, 2016 / 6:59 am

    Good morning Catherine, that does sound like a wicked brew. It sounds like it could be quite a refreshing drink. Love the jar too, it was as if it was meant to be.


    • November 20, 2016 / 9:11 am

      Made for an interesting shopping trolley

  4. November 20, 2016 / 8:20 am

    What a pretty colour. I hope it tastes nice 🙂

  5. November 20, 2016 / 11:42 am

    This sounds delicious! It looks really appealing too 🙂 Enjoy x

  6. November 20, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    I’ve never heard of this. Makes a change from mulled wine though!

  7. November 20, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    Oooo lovely! My dad makes a various types for christmas. Might need to get him to do this! #mysundayphoto

  8. emilycommander
    December 8, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    Oooo. I’m not sure I’d like it. Is it good? #AllAboutFrance

  9. December 9, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    I’d definitely try this though 5 litres of booze might last me a while 🙂 Sounds very nice though, what a find with the jar too! #AllAboutFrance

    • December 9, 2017 / 6:18 pm

      I confess that we have yet to finish last year’s batch!

  10. January 23, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    I love the name “vin d’orange” and I had no idea it was so easy to make, but to be frank, I’ve never liked any of the brews we’ve been given over the years (and unfortunately as I don’t like it, we seems to get given it often!!!) It’s very popular in the south where oranges grow, so most people have a go at making their own Perhaps your husband’s boss’s recipe is nicer than the stuff we are usually given. Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutFrance, I’ve been rather slow at commenting this time around but I haven’t actually forgotten!

    • January 23, 2018 / 1:24 pm

      Husband’s boss has South of France connections

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