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Author Notes: 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
Serves 4 bottles of 750ml each
- 5 oranges, washed and cut in slices with skin
- 1 lemon, washed and sliced
- 2 bottles of red Côte du Rhône wine
- 1 1/4 cups Eau de Vie
- 1 vanilla pod split and seeds removed
- 2 pieces of mace
- 6 cups brown sugar
- 3 cloves
- 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.
- This wine can last 2 to 3 years in a cool cellar.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Holiday Punch
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Edible Gift