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The peak season for many types of oranges (including navels and Moro/blood oranges) is in the winter, but I recently learned that Valencias are a variety that grow throughout the summer.


When I realized Valencias are at their best right now, I decided to use them to make Vin D’Orange: a French invention that combines wine and citrus, and is embellished with a few other ingredients. I first heard of Vin D’Orange when I read Julia Moskin’s DIY Cooking Handbook, which appeared in The New York Times last March. I then looked up the Vin D’Orange recipe which Moskin references in Sally Clarke’s Book: Recipes from a Restaurant, Shop & Bakeryand I found a few other recipes for the apéritif with help from google (including this one from David Lebovitz and this one from Serious Eats). I made my own variation in the end, adapted from all of these sources.

Vin D’Orange is typically allowed to infuse for at least 2 weeks (or as long as 6). I figure if I made it earlier this week, I’ll taste it on July 4th, but won’t plan to drink it until mid-August or so. Once you strain out the fruit, you can add a little rum, transfer it to a clean glass bottle, and refrigerate it for a year or more (but I am fairly certain it will not last that long).

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Valencia oranges may occasionally “re-green” in warm weather because the skin of the oranges reabsorbs chlorophyll.  While the skin may be partially green and give the oranges an unripe appearance, rest assured that they are perfectly ripe inside (for more info, see the Sunkist Valencia Oranges Re-greening Video, and visit the Sunkist website for additional Sunkist citrus recipes).

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — June 30, 2011 @ 7:26 am

    Looks lovely! I’m working on a recipe using the Valencia oranges right now, as well… I have a few left over, so I might have to give this a try!

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    Winnie — June 30, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

    Hey Jen! Somehow I knew you’d be working on a Valencia recipe, too :) I haven’t tasted the finished product yet, but I think it will be very tasty!

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    Anne — August 20, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

    I strained my batch today and it was amazing. Added a bit of club soda for a great refreshing summer drink.