Homemade orange wine aperitif
( MAKES about 4 cups )
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This wonderful aperitif is made in homes everywhere in Provence, when oranges are in season during the winter. Some people make it with brandy but I prefer the cleaner taste of vodka. Serve straight up over ice or dilute with soda for a spritz.
|½ cup||Caster sugar|
|1||Star anise, whole|
|1 bottle||Rose wine, chilled|
- Wash orange and use a vegetable peeler to remove the rind in long strips. Cut off as much of the white pith as you can (it will make the drink bitter) and then cut the peel into thin strips.
- Place in a large (1.5 litre) carafe or clean jar with sugar and vodka and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add vanilla pod, cinnamon quill and star anise.
- Pour the wine over the top. Cover and leave in a cool, dark place for at least a week. It will keep for months (strain after a week to remove the spices and peel or they will overpower the flavour).
- Serve chilled over ice or in a tall glass topped up with soda. Add strips of fresh orange peel and a whole star anise for garnish, if desired.
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