This is a classic Christmas French aperitif wine because it is a bit bitter and it's good to open your appetite. It's ideal to offer for the Christmas holidays but needs to be made 2 months ahead. It has an amazing taste and it's easy to double the quantities. —Babette's Feast
4 bottles of 750ml each
oranges, washed and cut in slices with skin
lemon, washed and sliced
bottles of red Côte du Rhône wine
1 1/4 cups
Eau de Vie
vanilla pod split and seeds removed
pieces of mace
In This Recipe
Wash the oranges and the lemons. Cut the lemons in slices and the oranges in small pieces (with skin).
In a big container add the oranges, lemons, cinnamon, mace, the vanilla pod open and and seeds scraped.
Warm up the wine and add the sugar. Stir to dissolve but don't let the wine boil. Add the Eau de Vie, stir and allow to infuse for 30 days in a dark place.
Strain the wine and put in a container with a lid that will close very well. Allow to rest for 1 month.
Wash and dry very well glass bottles and fill the bottles with the Orange wine. Close the bottles very well with corks, label them and keep in a cool dark place.