A friend in France serves this wine as an aperitif in winter. It is very warming on a cold night and carries the scent of the summer prune plum.
French Prune Aperitif Wine
Author: Chief Mixologist
Recipe type: Wines
- 1/2 pound French or Italian sugar plums
- 1/2 Cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 Cup Cognac or Brandy
- 1 1/2 (750 ml) bottles Rhone-style red wine
- Rinse and carefully dry plums.
- Put in a clean glass jar and sprinkle with 1/4 cup of the powdered sugar and the Cognac.
- Cover and let the mixture stand for 5 days in a cool, dark place, turning the jar occasionally.
- At the end of the 5 days, add wine.
- Cover and let stand another 5 days, turning occasionally.
- Remove fruit from the jar and crush it to extract all the juice.
- Discard pits and skin.
- Return juice and pulp to wine mixture and filter it into bottles. (A coffee filter or doubled cheesecloth in a funnel works quite well.)
- Cork the bottles and store in a cool dark place or in the refrigerator.
Makes two 750-milliliter bottles. PER 4 FLUID OUNCES: 105 calories, 0 g protein, 11 g carbohy- drate, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 5 mg sodium, 0 g fiber.