Friday, December 14, 2012

homemade 'vin de noix' or green walnut wine, photo: mikkel vangyears ago, we spend a night at a 'chambre d'hôte' in france, in the middle of the pyrenees. we were invited to join the family for dinner, starting with a homemade aperitif, vin de noix. a bit sceptical by the idea of making wine out of nuts, i took one sip and i was totally hooked. a deep, rich flavor, a bit like fine port, but darker and deeper........ it was utterly delicious! i decided immediately to make my own the following year and i did many times ever since.

vin de noix

you need green walnuts, that means unripe! so first you have to start looking for a walnut tree........and pick them, depending on what part of the world you live on, somewhere between the end of may till mid-august.

35 green walnuts, chopped in quarters
5 liters red wine
1 liter distilled alcohol such as brandy, marc, eau de vie or vodka
1 kg sugar

place the walnuts with all the other ingredients in big glass jars and let it steep for at least 3 months.
strain through a sieve lined with cheesecloth, discard the walnuts, and pour into sterilized bottles.
seal the bottles with a cork and store for at least 6 months before drinking.

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