DECEMBER 4: Vin d’Orange, sunshine on a grey day


Making yours a Cracking Citrussy Christmas⁣ #lovecitrus

Welcome to The Lemon Grove’s Festive Kitchen and Day 4 of our Citrussy Christmas 2020 Advent Calendar. ⁣

glass of rose wine

Craving some Mediterranean sunshine and flavour in a day spent under leaden skies and chilly but refreshing breezes, I felt it was a good time to taste test my home made Vin d’ Orange (vodka, simple sugar syrup, oranges, preferably Sevilles, but Navels work too). 

It’s ready to enjoy but I’ll wait for another week or two before having a proper glass, neat over ice or with sparkling wine. 

With snow covering lots of Europe, Scotland and northern England and perhaps snow here in southern England possible this Christmas, I’ll be ready to decant and share this sweet, liquid sunshine 🌞

person pouring champagne on champagne flutes
Vin d’orange pairs well with sparkling wine such as Champagne or Franciacorta. Photo by cottonbro on
woman in white long sleeve shirt holding bouquet of flowers
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. .Photo by cottonbro on

Bruce McMichael

Food writing, discovering food stories, meeting producers, chefs and food enthusiasts are all part of desire to inspire, inform my readers and fellow food lovers. I am a freelance writer, journalist and published author focusing on the international world of food and drink, culture and travel. In 2019 I graduated from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy with a Masters in Food Culture, Communication and Marketing. I am now a visiting Professor at the university teaching Food & Drink Writing. Based in London I travel widely, particularly across western Europe. I have chaired many conferences and meetings, spoken at conferences and events and often appear on radio and TV talking most about food, the business of food and being an entrepreneur. In 2017 I won an episode of the ITV (the UK-based national television channel) cooking competition show, 'Gordon Ramsay's Culinary Genius'. I took my children on holiday to Sicily with the prize money. As an experienced farmers' market manager and operator of a small marmalade/ preserves company, I am very familiar with the issues surrounding local food, farming, enterprise and the environment.