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Spiced Orange Wine

Makes2 (750-ml) bottles
  • Active time:15 min
  • Start to finish:5 1/4 hr (includes chilling)
March 2008
What could be more French countryside than pulling a chilled bottle of homemade (or at least home-doctored) wine from the fridge for a special celebration? This orange sipping wine is a little sweeter and stronger than a regular glass of white, and it’s the perfect aperitif for the onion tart with mustard and fennel.
  • 2 (750-ml) bottles dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 cup Pernod
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 4 Turkish or 2 California bay leaves
  • 2 navel oranges
  • Bring all ingredients except oranges to a boil (reserve wine bottles and corks), stirring until sugar has dissolved.
  • Remove zest from oranges in a continuous spiral using a vegetable peeler and cut off any white pith with a paring knife. Reserve oranges for another use and divide zest between empty wine bottles.
  • Fill bottles with orange wine and cool, uncorked, 1 hour.
  • Cork bottles, then chill at least 4 hours.
Cooks’ note: Orange wine can be chilled up to 1 week.