Once upon a time (or a couple of months ago) there were a few posts dedicated or meant to inspire you to get an early start with Christmas gifts. Remember them? Yes, those ones way back in October… They involved little preparation and a lots of patience.
I have heard that a couple of readers have been making it along with me, so just a question out there has anyone else attempted to open a winery at home? Yes? No?
Well, if you want more details on the process, I have bottled mine 2 weeks ago, after almost 50 days of maturing and last week we’ve had the first taste of it (though it will taste even better after a few months).
I’m going to skip on all the praise details and just say that the next day after tasting I’ve prepped another batch of vin d’orange as I don’t believe that all I have will survive till Christmas… it’s that good.
If you’re in a hurry vin d’orange can be bottled as early as after 2 weeks of infusion (yes, if you start tomorrow this can be ready for Christmas), but waiting longer will pay off with a fuller taste.
And finally, those following my instagram feed will have seen some process steps of me filtering vin d’orange… what I couldn’t show there was just how long it took…
Of course if you don’t mind it to be cloudy, then straining through a triple cloth (which is quite efficient) will be enough, but if you are as bloody perfectionist as I am, then for this liquid gold to be clear, it will need to go through a triple coffee filter, which takes about forever… Seriously, I think it took like 5-6 hours for the whole batch to filter. The good news is that your involvement here is minimal, so apart from refilling and changing filters once in a while you can get busy with relaxing, working, cleaning, cooking…whatever you’re into and to make waiting more bearable you may have to sacrifice and taste vin d’orange as it filters (I call it quality control).
So once again, the recipe for vin d’orange… Enjoy and cheers!
- 8 oranges, sliced
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 500 gram sugar
- 500 ml vodka (40% alcohol)
- 3 bottles white wine(750 ml each)
- 1 vanilla bean, cut in half
- Layer oranges and lemon with sugar, pour over vodka and wine, add the vanilla bean and cover tight. Place in the fridge or in a cool cupboard for about 40 days. Once or twice a week swirl it around.
- Towards the end of 40 days, taste it to check if you’re happy with the sugar content, and add more if needed.
- When vin d’orange is ready, pass is through a triple cloth and if it’s still cloudy even a coffee filter. Divide between bottles, seal and let it mature for another month or so two before serving.
- Sealing bottles: you can use any size or variety of bottles you like. If you are lucky to be able to seal it with a cork then this wine can be kept in a cool place for probably a few year, maybe even longer.
- In case you’ll be using resealable bottles, then it will keep for up to a year in a fridge or a very cool basement.