Vin d’Orange is a popular aperitif and light after-dinner drink served often in the South of France. It is made in the kitchen with a nice Provencal rosé, some vodka and oranges. I was looking for a twist on this recipe to take as a hostess gift for some foodie friends. I began looking through Emelie Tolley's book, The Herbal Pantry for some ideas. She had this great recipe for a slightly more savory spin on an aperitif.
Rosey Sage Aperitif
1 bottle rose wine
1 cup vodka, brandy, or white wine
3 small sprigs fresh sage
1/4 cup honey
Place the wine, vodka or brandy and sage in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Steep in a cool , dark place for two weeks. Filter, stir in the honey, and pour into a bottle with a tight fitting cork. Store in a cool, dark place.
It turned out to be a very lovely drink and a much appreciated gift.