Make Your Own Dandelion Wine

Dandelion wine

13-Smile / Getty Images

  • Total: 2 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 2 hrs
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Fermentation 1 - 2 years: 17,545 hrs
  • Servings: 22 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
219 Calories
0g Fat
57g Carbs
2g Protein
See Full Nutritional Guidelines Hide Full Nutritional Guidelines
×
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 22
Amount per serving
Calories 219
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 11mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 48g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 60mg 300%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 312mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Many people have heard of dandelion wine but may not have had the pleasure of actually tasting it—or making it. This recipe captures the sunny color of spring's dandelion flowers in a bottle. Despite the sugar in the recipe, once fully fermented the result is a deliciously dry wine. If you've never made wine before, be prepared to be patient—fermenting takes about two years.

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts dandelion flowers

  • 1 gallon filtered water

  • 3 lemons (zest and juice)

  • 3 oranges (zest and juice)

  • 1 1/2 pounds sugar

  • 3/4 pound golden raisins (chopped)

  • 1 teaspoon yeast nutrient (or 2 tablespoons cornmeal)

  • 1 (5-gram) packet wine yeast, or 1/2 teaspoon baking yeast

  • Optional:

    1 cup simple syrup

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Snip off most of the calyxes (green parts) from the base of the flowers and all of the stems. It’s okay if a little of the green goes in, but too much will result in a bitter wine.

  3. Compost or discard the calyxes and stems. Put the trimmed petals in a non-reactive vessel (no aluminum, copper, or iron).

  4. Bring the water to a boil and pour it over the flower petals. Let the mixture sit for 2 hours.

  5. Place a colander lined with cheesecloth or butter muslin over a large, non-reactive pot and strain the dandelions, pressing gently on the flowers to extract as much of the liquid as possible. Compost or discard the dandelion petals.

  6. Place the pot over high heat and bring the strained dandelion infusion to a boil.

  7. Stir in the citrus juices and sugar, mixing to dissolve the sugar.

  8. Add the lemon and orange zest and the chopped raisins. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

  9. When the mixture has cooled to room temperature, stir in the yeast nutrient or cornmeal, and the wine or baking yeast.

  10. Cover and leave at room temperature for 10 to 14 days, stirring 3 times each day.

  11. Strain into a sanitized one-gallon jug and seal with either a fermentation lock (available from online homebrewing and winemaking supplies) or a balloon with a single pinprick in it. (The pinprick allows gasses to escape during active fermentation, but the balloon still keeps detrimental bacteria out.)

  12. After 3 weeks, siphon or carefully pour the liquid into another sanitized jug, leaving behind any yeasty sediment.

  13. If there are more than 2 inches between the top of the wine and the rim of the bottle, top off with a simple syrup of equal parts sugar and water.

  14. When the wine is clear, rather than cloudy, wait 30 more days and then siphon or carefully pour it into another jug, leaving behind any yeasty sediment on the bottom.

  15. Refit with an airlock or pricked balloon.

  16. Repeat this procedure every 3 months for 9 months until almost no sediment is forming on the bottom of the jug anymore.

  17. Funnel into sanitized bottles.

  18. Cork the bottles.

  19. Age for another year before drinking.

  20. Serve and enjoy.

Tip

If you think wine-making may become a new hobby, you might want to get a hand-corker from a winemaking supply company. They are cheap and do a much better job of securely corking the bottles.

Recipe Tags: